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Thread: What's your sprinting routine?

  1. #1
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    May 2011
    Atlanta, Georgia

    What's your sprinting routine?

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    Long Version: So I just had my first "sprinting" day today. It was the last thing on the PB I had yet to incorporate into my life except "play". I was a little unsure on how to go about a "sprinting" routine, so I walked to a nearby street in my neighborhood that's about 350 yards long. I placed a water bottle at both ends and sprinted back and forth from both ends of the street five times, with two minute rests between each set. The only thing is, I generally had to take a break during each set. I would stop sprinting and walk for about fifteen to thirty seconds and then continue. It would take about a 1:20 seconds in the beginning, but the last ones were taking about 2-2:30 seconds.

    TL;DR: My current sprinting routine is five sets of 350 yard dashes with two minute rests in between, but I can't quite manage to do each set completely.

    What are your sprinting routines? I wan't to find one I can manage. Or is this one OK even though I can't do them all the way? I mean, my legs are definitely worn out from the work out, so that's a good thing.

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    Feb 2010
    Flower Mound, Texas
    I just started sprinting regularly over this past month. I do mine on a treadmill. I start out walking for about 5 minutes to warm up, and always have an incline of at least 2%. I then put it up to 7 for 1 min, then back to 4 for 1 min, then up to 7.5, then back to 4. I do this in .5 mph increments till I hit 10.5. By that point, it's been almost 20 minutes, and close to 2 miles. I am spent by then. I know the treadmill is not primal, but I like the idea that the treadmill forces me to maintain a certain speed. It's a little easier on the joints too.

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    Mar 2011
    The road I live on is a pretty steep hill. I go to the flattest part and sprint two telephone pole distances. The end 20 feet or so are pretty uphill, so it's super tough at the end. Then I turn around, walk back to the beginning to get my heart rate back down and repeat for a total of 6 sprints. The walk to my sprinting area, the sprints and the walk back to the house takes about 17 minutes. I also wear a heart rate monitor so I can keep track. My heart rate gets really high when I workout, it always has. It gets to about 183 bpm during the spint and back down to about 135 on the walk back to the beginning. I definitely feel it in my legs but also in my arms from propelling myself during my sprint.

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    Apr 2011
    South Florida
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    Mine is either tabata sprints or longer sprints which consist of 30 seconds sprinting and then 1.5 minutes at a rest pace. I currently do about 6 intervals but hope to get up to 8 pretty soon!

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    Mar 2011
    The Maritimes
    I sprint across the road so the cars don't hit me.
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  8. #8
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    Mar 2011
    Narberth, PA
    My HIIT routine broken down by minute:

    Minute 0-1: 6.1mph
    Minute 1-2: 6.2 mph
    Minute 2-3: 6.3 mph
    Minute 3-4: 6.5 mph
    Minute 4-5: 6.5 mph
    Minute 5-6: 11.5 mph
    Minute 6-7: 3.8 mph
    Minute 7-8: 11.7 mph
    Minute 8-9: 3.8 mph
    Minute 9-10: 11.9 mph
    Minute 10-11: 3.8 mph
    Minute 11-12: 12.1 mph
    Minute 12-13: 3.8 mph
    Minute 13-14: 12.3 mph
    Minute 14-15: 3.8 mph
    Minute 15-16: 3.8 mph
    Minute 16-17: 11.3 mph
    Minute 17-18: 3.8 mph
    Minute 18-19: 11.2 mph
    Minute 19-20: 3.8 mph
    Minute 20-21: 11.1 mph
    Minute 21-22: 3.8 mph
    Minute 22-23: 11.0 mph
    Minute 23-24: 3.8 mph
    Minute 24-25: 10.9 mph
    Minute 25-26: 6.0 mph
    Minute 26-27: 5.5 mph
    Minute 27-28: 5.0 mph
    Minute 28-29: 3.8 mph
    Minute 29-30: 3.8 mph
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    350 yard dash??? that to me sounds like a complete non-sensical comment. not many people can "dash" for 350 yards. if you can then you should consider getting ready to run in the 2012 olympics.

    maybe i am wrong on this, but my understanding of sprints is that you choose a distance which you can fully sprint at 100% effort for. fter about 100m most people will not be sprinting and will most likely just be running. if you have ever run say a 200m race where you fully sprint for the whole distance, i assure you, you can not just rest for 15 seconds and then pick yourself up and do it all over again, 5 TIMES!!!

    my usual routine is to sprint (i mean absolutely sprint, full pace, the whole nine yards) for about 50metres. i then turn around and walk back to the start (this is my rest) then turn around and do it again. do this 7 or 8 times at FULL pace and it will certainly get the old ticker pumping.

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    Jun 2010
    Manchester, NH
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    barefoot on grass. i usually try to find a soccer field or something just over 100 yards and i go all out for 10 runs minimum with a minute or two in between as a slowly walk back to the starting point.
    sometimes i'll throw on my vibrams and sprint through a wooded park. i like the uneven terrain, but you have to check for roots and things first.

    @chocotaco: how are you doing hiit? or, i guess, how are you recording such specific numbers? i'd love to be able to effectively track any progression i make

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