Moving on. I woke up at a previously undiscovered hour of the morning and programmed my Garmin to run 8 x 400m intervals with 400m rest periods. This was only the second or third time that I’ve used Gustavo (my Garmin) in such a manner, and I have to say that it’s a pretty cool feature. Maybe the rest of you use this feature regularly, maybe you read the manual and fully understand all of the Garmin’s features but I prefer to discover cool new things as I go. It’s more fun that way.
I decided to put together a list detailing the pros and cons of running your intervals without the benefit of a track. Here they are in RazZDoodle-approved bullet points:
- I was not running in circles.
- It was dark and the track is not lit.
- Non-repetitive scenery.
- I didn’t have to climb over the chain link fence to get into the locked high school track which usually results in me getting my shorts (or my dangling participles) caught on the fence.
- Freedom to run wherever I want.
- Some of the intervals occurred on nice downhill stretches.
- It was kind of fun.
- It’s still running.
- Some of my intervals were uphill and into the wind. :(
- It didn’t really feel like interval training. (Although this might also be considered a “Pro”)
- Pavement/asphalt is not as soft as track.
- No bleachers to sprint past and imagine myself winning the gold medal.