Here's the story. I arrived at the North Park University Track at around 7 a.m. and there was one other guy who arrived at the track at the same time. He parked his bike and got a ball out of his backpack. As I was slow jogging in preparation to do my interval training, he was also running around the track except he would throw the ball ahead of himself, run to it, pick it up and then run backwards about 10 yards before turning around. After a few laps, he then went back to his backpack, put the ball away and then pulled out a gas mask, which he put on. He then ran around the track for about four laps with a gas mask on. I was thinking to myself, "something like this can only happen in the city" but then I realized that when I got home, I would google "gas mask running" and would find out it was the latest fad in running. Sure enough when I got home, I got several hits on my google search!
|I guess this is a method of training?|
Here's a video about a gas mask runners in NYC if you are interested.
Anyway, the guy at the track eventually took off the gas mask and then donned a weighted vest for his next laps. I did not wait around long enough to see what else he would pull out of his "bag of tricks" and left the track for my jog home.
I think interval training is hard enough and will stick to that. Have you ever seen a runner doing some strange training method that initially freaked you out?