If you want to get faster, you need to do speed work. Pretty simple, right? Funny how life works like that.
I don’t currently have any up-coming races booked, but I am scanning the local running radar. Once I do pick a race, I want to be ready – so I had my first track workout of the season yesterday.
I’m not the kind of person who can run a race for “fun”. When I show up for a race, I have to go for it. Yes, I know it’s going to hurt. And yes, I have run races where I wasn’t in top shape, and let me tell you that it hurts even more. And more yes, speed workouts hurt, but they pay off. So I’m starting to put in the hurt work now, so that it will hurt less later.
To prepare for the track, the past few weeks I’ve been running hilly courses and doing some hill repeats. Hills are a good prelude for the track.
Anyways, it was a fairly easy session – I only did some 200’s, but it felt good. It’s fun to run fast after spending so much time doing long slow training runs. And I must be in better shape than I thought, because they didn’t hurt too bad (and yes, I was pushing my pace), so that’s good. Can’t wait for the next session!
How bout you? Any good speed workouts? Do you do the track?