I think part of my issue comes from not enjoying the feeling of being uncomfortable. I hate being short of breath. I hate the weak and fuzzy feeling that comes over me when I have to dig deep for speed. But I also love hating it.
That sounds ridiculous, I know. But the pain and effort in the moment is so worth it after you're done. It makes you feel stronger both physically and mentally. I think one of the biggest parts of this training cycle will be the mental toughness necessary to violently beat-down all of the "this is ridiculous" and "I've lost my kneecap" thoughts that will inevitably pop-up over the course of training and the marathon.
So today we did a 3-mile loop with our regular 4min run and 1min walk intervals. This time though we did 2 mins at our regular pace and 2 mins of a bit of a faster pace. It was definitely tough and we were both exhausted at the end. Exhausted but a litter stronger and a tiny bit tougher.
Check out the Garmin stats:
|Split times for each mile. And yes, 11min/miles are fast for me.....|
|Here's the map. The peaks are runs and valleys are walks. The run goes right by the river.|
Any suggestions on good speed workouts or how to beat down the brain trolls?