This run was inspired by all of the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups I plan on consuming after my children are in bed. I already have my daughter on the hunt for those tasty orange squares (#eatallthereeses) when she is Trick or Treating. So today, we are going to activate and build our fast twitch muscle fibers, enabling those powerful bursts of movement, and in the end, burning off all those delicious Reeses.
Your body contains two types of muscle fibers – Slow Twitch and Fast Twitch. Slow Twitch Fibers help with endurance feats such as distance running. Fast Twitch Muscle Fibers fatigue quickly and consume a lot of energy, i.e. burn a lot of calories, i.e. burn off those Reeses. You can train your body to utilize both types of muscle fibers through different types of training. Today, we will be working on speed.
I am keeping today simple because “Halloween Hangover”, and who wants to be reading lots of instructions when your body feels like peanut butter mush covered in greasy pizza. Don’t you love my analogy? Today (and tomorrow, who are we kidding?) I am going to need all. the. coffee.
Any who, this whole run is on a flat road – incline of 0.0 or 1.0 (your choice! An incline of 1.0 mimics running outdoors).
0:00 – 3:00 4.0 MPH
3:00 – 6:00 6.0 MPH
6:00 – 30:00 Repeat the following 8 times:
- 1 minute @ 7.4 – 8.0 MPH (pick a speed that is difficult to talk at but not so hard that you want to fall off the treadmill)
- 1 minute @ 6.4 – 7.0 MPH (running speed – could maintain this speed for 15 minutes)
- 1 minute @ 5.4 – 6.0 MPH (this should be a speed you could maintain for 30 minutes)
30:00 – 33:00 Slow Jog or Walk
33:00 – 36:00 Walk at an incline of 3.0
And you are done torching calories!!!
Happy Halloween, Friends! Go enjoy those Reeses 😉