If you follow ybff on instagram, youtube, or fb then you probably saw my latest video of hill sprinting and walking in a snowy winter wonderland. It was one of the most beautiful videos we've filmed and lots of people on instagram have posted super nice comments about it. The thing about this fun random interval workout is that it wasn't planned at all but that's what made it so effective!!!
Our actual plan was to go film drone footage of snowy pine trees and mountainscapes then go find a fun hike to do and maybe take a few pics of yoga poses before heading back home. The problem was
we didn't plan this hike very well so we had no idea where to hike and we didn't want to go repeat a bunch of hikes we've already been on so we decided to walk up the icy road that closes in the winter to the top of the mountain where there's a cool lookout and observatory.
We had driven up this hill to trailhead up there but had never tried the road workout like many cyclists and runners do in winter and it was super fun because it was 100% improvised.
I've written about this type of random interval workout a couple of other times. I call it freestyle training because you are free to do whatever the heck you want but really it's called speed play. I do feel it's important to follow 3 helpful tips if you feel like trying freestyle training:
Most of the road up was free of snow and ice but there were some scary patches were we had to walk along the side to avoid falling on our faces which provided a nice core workout. The distance up was 2.2 miles and we were only going to walk it but as we were going up I started feeling really energized by the beautiful landscape so decided to just do the 4 random intervals of no specific length.
We didn't have the drone at that point anymore so Justin filmed with his phone and at times ran behind me to catch up. He hates running by the way but loves a good videographer challenge so that was his motivation. Mine was turning up my metabolic burn post holiday.
The main thing with this type of freestyle random interval workout is to listen to your body. Pay attention to muscle fatigue, breathing, posture, etc. Pace yourself and you will be able to push sufficiently to get a great workout WITHOUT hurting yourself plus be ready and fired up for more intense structured metabolic training.