This is one of the most intriguing questions that I have come across.
So, is there really a difference if you run 10km in one session, or do 2km run interval times 5 times that still results to 10km total?
At first, I almost ignored the question. However, most of us would maximize results while on our running shoes, right? So, the question eventually intrigued me. And, here’s what I found out.
So Is There A Difference?
This one is a simple and straightforward question, so let’s get to the answer directly…
The answer is a bit tricky because if burning fat is your main goal, then reaching your effective maximum heart rate is the key. The distance and time your spend on running only comes second to the main factor of – are you reaching your optimum maximum heart rate?
If you do achieve your maximum heart rate with 2km runs and do it 5 times in one day, you could say that it could have an effect since you are elevating your heart rate for longer periods of time.
Since it we have established that it’s possible to have better results by running with 2km intervals, the next question is – what’s the difference?
Well, the truth is, there is little research on the subject. However, from anecdotal evidence, you only gain very small difference. The real problem here is, having 2km x 5 time needs a lot more time commitment than doing a 10km in one go.
Yes, there is a slight positive difference doing 2km x 5 runs in a day. However, if you factor in the time commitment, you could say that for most people, the slight difference isn’t worth the time commitment.
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