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Discussion: How do you do the intervals

in: Rosstopher; Rosstopher > 2010-04-21;

Apr 22, 2010 1:14 PM # 
A course? A trail?
Apr 22, 2010 1:16 PM # 
Alex put streamers through the woods and you follow the streamers.
Apr 22, 2010 1:18 PM # 
ok. Thanks!
Apr 22, 2010 2:36 PM # 
some advice excerpted from an email Boris sent

"1km seems about right - you could either do long intervals on it (~5 minutes) or just run shorter ones continually around the loop. I would recommend including a little bit of everything into the loop so that you never have time to get comfortable and are always switching between running techniques. This means a bit of trail, maybe a twisty bit, some nice white forest, some greener stuff, a bit of swamp, and some rockier stuff. Don't include anything that is too nasty or too rocky and unrunnable, since you still want to be able to keep a high heartrate throughout. And every time you do an interval session there, definitely start by jogging a loop to make sure that (a) you remember the general layout, (b) the streamers are still up, and (c) nothing has messed up the loop, like a new fallen tree or something"
Apr 22, 2010 2:54 PM # 
You got much faster over the course of the workout. Tells me you are still being a bit tentative through the woods in the beginning. Aim for 4:25-4:30 for all of them next time - you can clearly do it.
Apr 22, 2010 3:25 PM # 
Boris, how effective would this exercise be using O-tervals instead of a streamered path? While you might initially have some route variation, I assume that with experimentation, you would settle on the optimal route.
Apr 22, 2010 5:27 PM # 
I think 4:53 is an outlier because of no warmup and not remembering the course... I will aim for 4:20-4:30 for my next ones and will include a jog of the course.

Ian, I ran a couple of the Hammond Pond courses enough that I had in effect settled on an optimal route. It was pretty fun, and I only needed the map to refresh my memory about where to go. The distinction that I would make is that o-tervals should be about choosing the best woods to run through and a streamered loop would be about running as best you can along the chosen route. Both way better than just running on a trail in terms of specificity.
Apr 23, 2010 3:56 AM # 
What are o-tervals...?
Apr 23, 2010 4:41 AM # 
Orienteering intervals. Boris set a training exercise at Harriman which consisted of a set of orienteering intervals - short courses with 4 controls with a total length of about 600 m. A group of 4 would start at fifteen second intervals; the objective of the exercise was to practice being in the lead - navigating while under pressure.

More generally, I think orienteering intervals could consist of any short, repeated sessions, with possible objectives including wood speed, navigation under pressure, practice with sure footing, climb, and so on.

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