Today at the gym I ran the fastest I have ever run a half mile and I repeated it 4 times. I printed off a new plan that had mile repeats, but as I was running, my mind won over and I couldn’t convince myself I could make a whole mile straight at that pace, so I ran a half mile, then slowed down for a quarter mile and repeated that for a total of one mile at a 7.5 on the treadmill and one mile at 8.0. after that I did finish it out with a quarter mile at 8.5. It was really tough, but I felt so great about the effort when I was done. I haven’t run that hard in a long time – if ever! I know that speed work is going to help me be a faster runner and so is strength training, so I am doing my best to do some of each.
I read another blog – nyc running mama – and her post today was perfect for me (too bad I didn’t read it this morning). It says that training your brain is just as important as training your legs. Sometimes the hardest part of a workout is not allowing yourself to give up. I hope that in the next few weeks I can work up to doing the whole mile repeat straight. You have to start somewhere I keep telling myself – I will get there!! I felt so strong today, but yet I was just a touch disappointed that I didn’t try a little harder to clear my mind and go the whole mile.
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