I don’t like distance running. I love the idea of it – an age-old form of exercise that requires no equipment and can be done in the great outdoors. I’ve done a couple 5k’s and even one of those mud runs. But after a few sweet weeks, running and I broke up. It just wasn’t my favorite thing to do.
As I write this post, my husband Colin and I are preparing to housesit near Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica. This place is so beautiful, words can’t describe it. The neighborhood boasts an expansive ocean view and is surrounded by a farmland and a national park. And this brings me to why I suddenly have decided to start running again: I want to spend every minute I can outside.
In preparation for my return to running, I’ve been doing HIIT running workouts. I’m mixing intervals of sprinting with walking for recovery. I had forgotten that sprinting is actually fun!
Do you remember running races as a kid? Remember how powerful and free you felt as the breeze rushed through your hair? I feel like I’m getting that back! And if sprinting can make me actually want to run, then it can definitely do the same for you.
A good sprinting workout requires that you warm up thoroughly, pay attention to form, and that you pace yourself. Lucky for you, I asked Bob Wells, a USA Track and Field certified running coach and a NASM certified personal trainer, to share with us his best tips for achieving good sprinting form.
Sprinting 101 with Coach Bob
“As a former sprinter, I have long had a need for speed. There are few things more awesome than the thrill of sprinting. The combination of the physical and mental strength associated with sprinting makes for a challenging and fun workout.
Still, it is important to pay attention to and use proper form when sprinting. While there are a lot of things to consider, every beginner should pay attention to the following three things: your head, your elbows, and your body angle relative to the ground.”
Here’s how Bob explained it:
Erika's HIIT Running Workout
If you are new to sprinting, start with sprinting uphill. Athletic trainer Eric Cressey, CSCS, suggests that sprinting uphill can prevent a hamstring pull by keeping you from over striding. Limit your HIIT sprint workouts to just twice a week to prevent over-training.