Health and Wellness

Results: Mountain Tactical Institute Running Mini-Study

In January and February, I was a Mountain Tactical Institute mini-study lab rate. The training program is described here, including results for group A and group B.

1/27/20 6-mile time trial 48:37

2/17/20 6-mile time trial 44:54

A few thoughts about completing the 3-week training program …
1. I am happy about my improvement
2. I think I overran my fitness in the 1/27 assessment as the 2-mile intervals were quite challenging.
3. Running in Wisconsin in January and February is rarely easy, but I lucked out with a decent stretch of weather, mostly ran on dry roads and only ran one training run on a treadmill
4. The 12-minute rest might have been the hardest part of this training planning. Running hard in 15-25 F makes it tough to rest outside and going inside increased my sweat, but was a chance to put on some new dry layers
5. I like a little more variety than running 2-mile intervals day 3x per week for 3 weeks
6. On Saturday 2/1 I did a high-intensity training competition (Ski Erg, single unders, burpees, squats and sit-ups) for a charity fundraiser. It was great fun, but soreness slowed me down in week 2.
7. All of my mile splits on 2/17 were faster than my fastest mile spit on 1/27
8. I negative split all miles on both assessments, but had a bigger gap in the 1/27 assessment (mostly because I started too slow)
9. It is nice to see results from focused interval training in just 3 weeks of training.
10. I don’t think my improvement is simply attributable to knowing the time I was trying to beat.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.