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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Football Stadium Workout!

Football season is approaching, which is one of my favorite times of year.  I was visiting Lexington, Virginia a few months ago and whenever I do, I love running through the town and the colleges that are there.  I thought I'd share a workout I did at the Virginia Military Institute track one evening. The weather was perfect, humidity wasn't too bad and you just get a little more pumped up about your effort level when you are a military college.

Workout started with a jog around the outer lanes of the track for 2 laps, going in the "wrong" direction.  Since there weren't any other exercisers, I could do this, but you might not be able to if the track where you run is busy.  I then did a bit of dynamic stretching and warm up drills since I knew what was ahead of me.  High knees, butt kickers, skipping, bounding, etc for 5-10 minutes.

Next, the work part: Running 1/2 mile intervals at 5k pace followed by a one lap jog, then sprinting up the stadium stairs, then 1 lap jog.  Repeat four times.  Cool down with a slow jog or walk for one to two laps and don't forget to stretch, hydrate, and refuel!

Hint: If the stadium stairs are reallllllly high, time yourself for a 1-2 minute run up.  If the stairs aren't high enough, do repeats.

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