Today’s workout will provide an intense and effective workout using the Tabata method. Tabata who? Named after the creator, Izumi Tabata, this training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Pick an activity and go all-out for 20 seconds, and then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat.
As I approach the final weeks of preparation before my marathon in Hawaii, I have started to reduce my mileage and get my body well rested, yet race ready, for the starting gun on September 3rd. I am not a fan of the traditional “taper”. A lot of runners take the taper as a large reduction in miles and effort for as many as 3-4 weeks. Personally I like to feel like I am working back up to a peak, and if I shut down too much, I feel sluggish on race day. My coach (kudos to Coach Kyle!) gave me this workout to do on the day before a big race a few years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. The workout is called the Western Austrian Carbo-Load Run.