Happy Friday! Today I am sharing with you one of my new favorite workouts to mix up your summer run routine and 5 reasons why you should. In the summertime, I love to train for Triathlon races and that means “brick” workouts. Brick workouts are bike rides followed immediately by run workouts. Traditionally referred to as “bricks” because they are so challenging. Even if you are not training for a triathlon, brick workouts can be great to add to your summer training schedule. Here’s why:
- Many of us (guilty as charged) tend to train for and race longer distances throughout the year without giving our bodies much downtime or off seasons. Adding in brick workouts to your summer training plan allows you to give your body a break from from the stresses of longer runs while still keeping in shape with longer workouts.
- It’s hot & humid out there! Depending on where you live, doing long runs in the summertime can be brutal. Mixing up your routine by adding in some cycling intervals keeps you a little cooler out there. Even on really hot days, you feel a breeze on the bike.
- Doing brick workouts allow you to practice running on tired legs which is great training for any distance race.
- Alternating between running and biking allows you to use different muscles. Biking recruits more hamstring and glute muscles.
- Doing brick workouts just makes you feel a little badass. Badass and very hungry.
Instead of the traditional brick workout, I am currently loving doing brick repeats. I am doing shorter bike (5 miles) and run (1 mile) distances and repeating them which allows me to run on tired legs and also practice switching in and out of my running shoes quickly.
How do you mix up your summer training? Ready to give this Ton of Bricks workout a “Tri”?