Snoots Sessions Explained
Training to improve normally involves various types of running including:
- Easy runs over your intended race distance – where you are able to have a conversation.
- Steady runs around your intended race distance – where you are able to have a conversation.
- Threshold runs where you are talking in short sentences/answers.
- Intervals – running a number of efforts faster than normal race pace over a specified distance with jog/walk recoveries in between.
Following the Thorney Running Club Couch-2-5k programme we came up with a few training plans to help the beginners progress towards running 5 miles and give them a gentle introduction to interval sessions.
The current plan used on a Wednesday session at Snoots estate consists of:
- Warm up from Manor to Snoots (Meeting us at Snoots is a good option for some beginners).
- 2 minute walk
- Interval Session – 35 to 36 mins. (running for 30s, 1 min, 2 mins or 3mins with 90s or 2 min walk in between)
- d) 2 minute walk
- e) Cool down run (might be another lap or run back to Manor).
If you train at one pace you’ll race at that pace. So to go faster you need to train faster. These sessions take you outside your comfort zone but give you the chance to recover/chat in between. Try and do all the efforts at the same pace, the last one should be as fast as the first.
Every runner does the efforts at their own pace, no pressure to race anyone else.