Make the most of your workout!
Sometimes when I’m not feeling full of energy, or have come off a leg workout with wobbly legs, I do a “break-full” run. This is exactly as it sounds, a run with a lot of breaks built in. Physically, the walking breaks allow the body to rest and recover, while mentally – I know I can get through 20 minutes on the treadmill because another break is coming up.
You can do a break-full run in any way, perhaps you do a cycle of running for 3-4 minutes, walking 1 minute, then repeating. You can even do this evenly by walking a mile, running a mile, or walk a minute, run a minute.
A “ladder” is another way to do a break-full run – and is often the method I give to new runners to build up stamina. Here is a fun 20 minute pattern to try:
20 minute “break-full” ladder run
…you could keep going if you like.