There’s actually a lot to fear from speed workouts. I know people are all “you’ll get stronger!” but when you start doing them they basically just feel like a death march that leaves you doubled over dry heaving and wishing you’d made better life choices.
Lest you feel like everyone else out there in the running universe is busting out 7 minute miles like it’s an easy stroll in the park, let me assure you I was ready to puke up some soy flaxseed chips after my run (note to self: don’t stop at the Trader Joe’s sample counter before the run). I went into this thinking, “I can’t do 3 consecutive miles at an 8:54 pace,” but like I tell my mom when she says, “you can’t run a marathon!” It’s important to think not, “I can’t do this… so I never will be able to” but rather “right now I can’t do this, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to ever do it.”
There’s your deep thought for the day: sucking now doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily suck later.
It’s thoughts like these that get me through running. So I did each mile at an 8:54ish pace but broke up one of the five miles in between them to give me a second to re-swallow my lunch and poor post-work snack choice. It’s hard, but I’m hoping it’ll get easier… Or I’ll get faster… or I’ll just end up dying. But something’ll happen, right?
How do other people get through speed workouts? Anyone have a mantra/trick/magical power they don’t mind sharing?