The weather’s getting warmer, and we’re all about taking our workouts outside for some extra fun in the sun. And if you’re looking for inspo, Ironman queen Meredith Kessler has shared some of her favorite workouts with us — and now we’re going to share her secrets with you!
So whether you’ve been meaning to switch up your workout routine, want to slim down for summer, or just need a little extra motivation to log those miles, be sure to check out Meredith’s first running workout for the #SOUPSQUAD below! We promise it’s totally scalable and achievable — even if you didn’t just win an Ironman like she did in Raleigh on June 3rd (and just 6 months after having her adorable son, MAK, might we add)!
This blog is the first of many Meredith workout tips coming your way #SOUPSQUAD — so stay tuned!
INTERVAL SPEED WORKOUT
TOTAL RUN TIME: ABOUT 45 MINS
*Note: This workout is best on a treadmill or straight running path. You’ll need a timer or watch to keep track of time!
Step 1: Warm up by walking or jogging for 10 minutes building from Z1 to Z2 pace levels — check out the full “effort zone” information below
Step 2: Run 4x 30 second sets at fast (Z4) pace with a 30 second walk between each set
Step 3: Jog 2 minutes at easy Z1 pace
Step 4: Run 4x 2 minute sets at Z3 pace with a 30 second walk between each set
Step 5: Run 4x 2 minute sets at Z4 pace with a 30 second walk between each set
Step 6: Jog 2 minutes at easy Z1 pace
Step 7: Run 4x 30 second sets at all out Z5 pace with a 30 second walk between each set
Step 8: 5 minute cool down (Z1 or walk as needed)
Run Effort Zone Key:
Zone 1 (Z1): Easy effort
Zone 2 (Z2): Low to moderate effort
Zone 3 (Z3): High moderate effort
Zone 4 (Z4): Hard effort
Zone 5 (Z5): All out effort
More tips for a healthy summer:
- Grab a friend: Enlist a partner or two to help you power through this workout routine. It will help you stay motivated — plus, if you’re like us, your abs will get an additional workout from all the laughing!
- Stay hydrated: You've heard it a million times before, but drinking plenty of water is incredibly important during exercise! Our suggestion: grab a Kale Avocado with Collagen alongside your water bottle for some extra nutrient-dense hydration. It’s packed with 10 grams of protein from grass-fed collagen peptides, and will support healthy joints and quick muscle recovery.
- Go green: Fun summer activities are everywhere, and there's always a reason why your diet might take a 'summer slide'... BBQs, Siete tortilla chips, ice cream — we get it! But don’t forget to also get your veggies in so you can staying looking and feeling your best, and ZÜPA NOMA chilled drinkable Superfood Soups are here to help — learn more about making summer #SOUPSWAPS here.