Last night I tried something new. Thursday is my last running day before a day of rest, and it’s not a very long run. This week it was 3 miles, a distance that is starting to feel like a waste of time. 3 miles? Sure, that distance scared me when I started running, but that was a long long long time ago. So I decided to start using Thursday runs to work on my speed.
I split my workout into different intervals, 4.5mph and 7mph. I ran a quarter mile at 7 (pretty much my top speed if I want to be able to run for more than 30 seconds) and then recovered for a minute to a minute and a half then I went back to sprinting another quarter mile. I did that for three miles. I finished my 3 mile way faster than normal doing this and I didn’t feel like I was going to die like I do when I attempt to run the entire run at the “sprint speed”.
Today I feel fine, though I was a little worried that the increased tempo would lead to increased muscle aches, that just isn’t the case. I will continue to work on my speed intervals and track my progress on my long runs to see if my work is shaving any time off of my run.