Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Workout Series.
If you want to catch any of the other workouts in the series, you can see the complete list here!
Today’s workout is going to be a 2 Mile Treadmill Interval Workout.
Before you run away because you hate running or treadmill running, give me a second! In 100% honesty, I have to be in the mood to go on a run, and I am never excited to run on a treadmill. Sometimes though, I need something else in my routine to mix it up and as much as I dread it, the treadmill may be my answer that particular day and by the end I feel great. However, If I am going to run on the treadmill, it has to be done in interval format to keep me entertained and engaged!
I love Interval workouts, wheter it be on the treadmil or through bodyweight cardio and various strength exercieses. You will probably see 99% of my workouts on the site in some type of interval format.
I love interval workouts for three main reasons.
- I can get a more effective workout in half the time. Instead of staying at the same pace for 60 minutes on the treadmill, I can spend 25 minutes doing intervals and get a workout that is just as effective.
- It keeps my focus! I am not looking at the clock waiting for it to hit 45 minutes and wishing it would get there quicker. Instead, I am changing what I am doing constantly and preventing the boredom from hitting.
- It builds my endurance. I can’t stress this enough. I have done 3 Half Marathons and 2 15Ks. For two of those runs, I actively involved interval training and felt a noticeable difference in my strength and ability to maintain pace on my long run training days and on race day. On the races I didn’t involve interval training, I felt incredibly sluggish about mid way through.
In this 2 mile interval workout, it will combine walking, steady run cycles, and sprints. Within 25 minutes you have 2 miles in and can walk away feeling satisfied!