Things are getting intense around here, and I love every second of it.
You know you’ve found the right “class” when you’re actually excited to set the alarm a little bit earlier; excited to wake up at 6 a.m. and get dressed for who-knows-what might happen in those 45-60 minutes. Ryding (read: Spin bikes that lean left/right)? Definitely. Abs? Probably. Push-ups, pull-ups, planks, boxing, free weights, wrist-weights? Who knows. Squats, lunges, calf raises, step-ups, burpees, all of the above (please not!)?! Definitely one, or all, of those.
You know you’re making progress with you’re told “30 push-ups!” (the real kind, we don’t get to slack here) half-way through said class, and you can do it.
My abs are the only sore I feel today, and they’re totally okay with that.
Now, that would’ve easily been enough to satisfy my daily endorphin rush. But, my schedule ahead is packed, and I wasn’t okay with skipping speed work this week.
When it looks like this outside (feel: 60*), running shoes do all the convincing:
I had Tempo Miles on the agenda; expectations were left aside, see the morning’s events above. However, a little progress goes a long way. And I was quickly reminded that things eventually start to feel easy when you do them repeatedly:
warm up –> 7:42, 7:25, 7:30, 7:33 –> cool down
One thought I had repeatedly: Dear consistency, please befriend me. My legs could use your antics! Clearly I still have some pace-body-mind work to do, but I’ll take this success for now.
What’s your favorite type of speed work? I always go back to the Tempo Run, I love keeping a pace (vs repeating it). I also love when that “Goal” pace starts eventually creeping into your daily runs – progress!
What kind of progress are you working towards? Work, running, relationship, healthy eating, etc – have a goal, don’t be afraid to say it out loud, and go get it.
I will do 40 push-ups in two weeks. I will run a 7:15-20 Tempo Run before the National Half.
Let’s hear it!