It’s no secret that have been feeling like a sloth since I started training for my marathon.
How cute are these guys? I was not this cute running my marathon. Or like ever.
It’s understandable – there’s no way I could maintain a 9 minute/mile pace for 26.2 miles. I had to mentally slow down. Instead of pushing myself to go faster, I had to push myself to conserve. It’s a different mental state – but equally as difficult to transition.
Homer feels me.
Don’t let people fool you – running at a slower pace is JUST as difficult as running at a faster pace. I personally would rather run faster, even if it hurts more – not because it’s totally awesome and you get a bigger endorphin rush from it – but because I’m done sooner. Thankfully, I survived marathon training. Truthfully, the reason I DON’T want to run another marathon right now is I don’t have the drive to run further, slower.As much as I LOVE running – I also love it when I done running. Is that horrible to admit?
Now I’m trying to flip that. I’m kicking up my speed work, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and mentally telling myself I CAN.
So I’m going to reveal what’s helping me…. Are you guys ready? Are you on the edge of your seats? I’m sure you are.
I’d like to thank Melissa for bringing mile repeats into my life. This is why she can run a 1:42 half marathon WITH TWO BATHROOM STOPS. They weren’t included in my marathon training plan and I think they were the missing link. Or maybe not. But it’s worth a shot.
This morning I did 3 mile repeats (on the treadmill – with a .5% incline) at a 7:50 pace. My goal? To run these same 3 miles UNDER 7:00. Lofty goal? Probably. Am I going to do it? YES. I’d also like to bump this up to 4 miles — and maybe more. I think I have some speed in me somewhere. Somehow.
Today’s workout looked like this:
- 0-.50 – Warmup at up a 9:05
- .50-1.50- 7:50
- 1.50- 1.60 – Walk and chug water
- 1.60- 2.0 – 8:49 recovery (this pace felt SO SLOW)
- 2.0 – 3.0 – 7:50 <– thought I was going to die
- 3.0- 3.10 – Walk, chug water, and towel off
- 3.10 -3.50 – 8:49 recovery
- 3.50 – 4.50 – 7:50 <– seriously wanted to kick the treadmill
I SHOULD have done a .50 recovery at the end, but I had places to go and meetings to attend (and it took me an HOUR to get tot he gym today because I couldn’t get my shit together). This run was THE DEVIL – but I felt amazing (until I got home and put a massive kink in my neck. Wah.). My overall pace? 8:35.
I’m getting there.
What’s your favorite speed workout? What makes you feel like you are ON FIRE? This workout definitely does it for me!
Sloths? Yay or nay?