However, I am currently under an experiment of my own using Crossfit Endurance. It is a combination of weight training and anaerobic High Intensity interval Training that is in one word BRUTAL. I am only running three times a week and lifting 4 days a week. I am following the WOD on their website and it is working. I feel stronger and have definitely gained speed and quickness running. Research has show, that for trained athletes, HIT (High Intensity Training) is the best way to increase endurance. "It seems that, for athletes who are already trained, improvements in endurance performance can be achieved only through high-intensity interval training (HIT). " (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11772161) That is what Crossfit Endurance prescribes. Train hard and intense. This means that I spend less time training which gives me more free time. It also means I train harder which kicks my ass. Gone are the leisurely 2.5 hour runs and it seems here to stay are the vomit inducing Tabatas. I will be running a Half Mary next month and will let you know how it goes. I will also be running a marathon in the near future using these methods and will keep you informed.
So your asking what are Tabatas? Well they are evil and they are righteous. Painful and powerful but very simple so here it is. Izumi Tabata came up with it and says it is the best supra-aerobic (anaerobic) cardio workout. Here's what you do:
- 5 minutes of warm-up
- 8 intervals of 20 seconds running all-out followed by 10 seconds of rest
- 2 minutes cool-down