Not a bad approach. But shorter sprints are less likely to cause problems than longer sprints. I wasn’t as much refering to the aerobic conditioning aspect. Speed work (like 400 repeats) can just be extremely taxing on joints, cartilage, and connective tissue. If someone is out of shape, it’s usually best that they strengthen these things first by building up to a few miles of lower intensity work at a clip a couple times a week. It’s akin to weight training. Ideally, you wouldn’t have a beginning lifter jump into 10x3. Some would be ok, but the safer route is to ease into it.
[quote]Todd S. wrote:
This is what I thought, till I tried running again. I can’t even do a mile, SLOW!. Heck I don’t know if I can do a half mile. I’ve been working with 40 meter sprints to try and get things used to moving again. I Sprint, then walk back, wait another 10-15 seconds and do another. I start to feel it by about 5-6 which is where I stop.
I’m hoping this combined with some slow, slow jogging will gradually get me in shape. Heck right now 5 minutes of slow jog and I feel like my lungs are on fire and my heart is gonna pop out of my chest…
Anyway good luck, I just wanted you to know your not alone.
400 meter sprints is some of the best Energy Systems Work a lifter can do. But it’s not something that most people can necessarily jump right into.
In my opinion, most people should comfortably be running a few easy miles a couple times a week with no joint issues and minimal soreness before starting interval work.
As said by others, make sure you have a good pair or running sneakers, stretch well. Ice if necessary. Glucosamine chondroiton, fish oil, and green tea extract are all great for combatting inflammation as well as for general health. Not bad things to be taking if you’re not already. When you do move into intervals if you decide to wait as I suggested, make sure you are well-streched and warmed up.