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    Anyone do this? I'm trying it out this week. I like it so far but I don't get the full OMG I'm going to pass out all the time. Maybe I need to push myself harder. (There are several of those moments but it's usually going up hill.) I'm doing 20sec run and 10 sec rest for 20 min. I think I may change it to 40/20.

    Oh and when do you do a distance run? I doubt I can do a full 2 miles without walking right now. In basic I couldn't run a mile to doing 6 miles in 8 weeks. I'm twice that age now and further out of shape. Rounder at least. I also have a spot I can run that will get me 6 miles round trip back to the house if I choose.

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    HIIT for 20 minutes is a bit insane. For those who don't know its basic concepts are you pushing your heart rate to maximum for a set amount of time, then coming to a moderate heart rate, and pushing back to max repeatedly. If you've trained before your maximum heart rate is not the standard 220-(your age), so you will have to measure it out with a heart rate monitor.

    Also, your 'rest' period may be interpreted incorrectly. You should be coming to a jog (if running). Like max speed for 30 secs, jog for 15 secs, MAX for 30, rinse and repeat. Most HIIT sessions don't last 20 minutes unless there is a 5 min jog warm-up and cool down. Push the times up slowly. 20 secs is a good place to start with 10 sec 'rest', but aim to slowly increase. When I started, each week I added 2 secs to sprinting hard, 1 sec to rest. Now when I do it, I typically do 60 sec Max, 30 sec rest, 10 sets, fifteen minutes and a gallon of water later I am finished.

    For HIIT, I do recommend a timer, GymBoss. No spam here, best $20 I've spent for a workout piece EVER.

    As for long runs, I avoid them most of the time personally, maybe do it once a month now. I have lost the need to be able to run 6-10 miles so I don't train it. Back when I did soccer super competitively, either early morn, at least 5 hours before lifting, or any time after lifting.

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