The first of my pyramid trainings was on the training plan for Thursday. It was a day that I wondered how would I fit everything in. So up and out on time.
I had calculated that with 5 mins warming up and then a pyramid of 2-4-6-4-2 with 2 mins rest in between each interval I would be around 32 mins – now I had to estimate a route that would not lead me astray:-)
Why do this training? It strengthens muscles, legs and heart and trains the breathing. I am also reading articles that support its use in speed work. I was a little surprised to read that Gabriela Rosa, who trains Kenyans to run marathons, also uses it in his marathon training. For me – its the speed – I am well under par at the moment for 10 K in 45 mins.
I stayed close to my starting point and ran most of the run in the Amstelpark. Ik took some discipline NOT to turn off and run along the Amstel – which I love SO much!
The first 2 & 4 mins of the pyramid went well.I tried to keep the pace up during the 6 mins and see from analysing the Runkeeper data, that I was a little cautious. The next 4 mins bit and the final 2 mins was a dream as the 2 mins were over so quickly.
For me the training also demonstrated that it was about perspective. Having run the 6 mins the last 2 mins was actually oh so much easier than the first 2 mins!
On top of that, it was an efficient way to train. The entire training took me 34 mins!
I am curious to see if my times will improve in the next pyramid training scheduled in 2 weeks.