Thursday, April 12, 2012


Okay, after reading all that Run Less Run Faster hoopla, I am starting to believe that training harder is the way to go. I'll never be the 40 mile week gal. I don't have the time, the energy or the cartilage for such endeavors.

Now, if I don't want to run all day everyday to get faster, I think I'm going to need to try faster running. FINE! In my almost three years of running, I have done ONE track workout and maybe half a dozen interval runs. Yep, seriously. Speed is just not my thing. Running fassssssst is uncomfortable. Some times I feel clumsy and other times I feel more in step than ever.

Today I got it in my mind that I would at least do 30 minutes of intervals on the treaddie after work. I thought I should be able to do an hour or so, but everything I read said start conservative.

I put together a play list alternating between fast and slow songs. I thought it'd be an easy way to keep track and have fun. I often count songs instead of miles when times are tough... one mile left turns into "Come on, just three more songs!" Obviously not exact, but it is a mind game that works for me.

I have to admit that I enjoyed the sense of satisfaction I felt completing something I don't particularly enjoy. Once it was over, it didn't seem all that bad. So, I think I'll pepper in a bit of speed once a week for now and see where it takes me. 

Do you love or loathe speed work?

Do you do speed work regularly?



  1. Blech, I don't like speed work. I have integrated trail running which is a sneaky way to add intervals to your routine without much thought. It has helped me to increase my road running speed which is pretty cool. I don't like being a slave to my watch in any way - it ruins my whole "zen running" bit (no headphones, just me and my feets. :)

  2. I have used the song counting trick many, many times. I don't know yet if I hate speed work I've only done it once and it was on the treadmill so I imagine it was a bit easier than it was meant to be.

  3. I did speed work from RLRF and was faster than I have ever been. Then I stopped and got slower. Coincidence? I think not!

  4. I thought that the weekly 5k was our built in speedwork! Never been a big fan of speed work as it pushes me out of my comfort level. Should probably work on that a bit. Thanks for the reminder and I love the idea of the music trick.

  5. I know I should do speed work and I actually like it, but I don't do it very much . . . It is just a lot easier to head out the door and simply run. When I have included speed work IT REALLY DOES maker me faster! I like to run using "autopilot" and not really think too much about it, beyond how long I plan to run. As I type this I sound a little lazy! Maybe I will integrate a little speed work on tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder. I won't be running at all unless I get to sleep!

  6. I haven't gotten into speedwork this training cycle, but I planned for it next time (this summer) - ACK!!!

  7. If I could do every run as speedwork, I'd do it. Love it.

  8. Sometimes i love speedwork and other times loathe it. I read that book and wish I had a bike and a rowing machine so I could use that training a little better. I need to win the lottery!

  9. I don't do speed. Sometimes I run faster, sometimes I run slower...but I've never actually tried to hit a certain pace.

    Speedwork scares me. Mostly because I am old and fat and slow and the thought of running on a track brings back the hideousness of high school PE :)


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