There are some days when I can barely think about running three miles, let alone six to eight. Yesterday was one of those days. I got to the gym (I know, it was practically a crime to spend time inside the gym on such a gorgeous day) and warmed up on the track before getting on a treadmill. After only one mile my knee started acting up and I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the workout I’d planned for the evening.
Instead of calling it quits, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try a new incline workout. Here’s how it works:
- Set your speed between 4.0 and 5.0
- Set your incline at 3.0
- Increase your incline by 0.5 for every tenth of a mile you complete until you’ve completed an interval at incline 8.0
- Recover for 2 minutes at incline 1.0
- Repeat routine (and repeat, repeat, repeat!)
I love that this routine works the lower body in a different way than my normal running does. I followed it up with a 45 minute core routine. If you’re looking for new exercises to shake up your routine, check out the Women’s Health Mobile Workouts app. It has a lot of great ideas, all sorted by the muscle group you want to target.
It’s always nice to challenge yourself in new ways. Although I won’t be giving up my usual running routine anytime soon, I’ll definitely rotate the incline workout into the mix every now and then.