First, Brooke wanted to show off her awesome new headband.
and her Valentines Day week shirt. It is sad how excited I get to get her ready for the day and how much I dread getting ready myself:)
I was actually excited for speed work this morning? I really have no idea why and I cursed myself for being excited when I was on my 4th mile repeat wanting to roll off the treadmill and never stand up again. I finished alive (somehow?).
My 3 tips for getting through speed work.
1. For me to mentally get through speed work I CANNOT think about the next part of the workout. During my first mile if I were to think, “I have three more of these and two more 800′s” there is NO way that I would have finished. I only think about the interval that I am doing at that time and the second I start thinking about the rest of the workout I have to push those thoughts out and just complete the one I am doing.
2. Focus on your form. Speed work is hard on your body and it is easy (for me) to get injured from speed work. By focusing on my form and running correctly, I am less likely to get injured. I like to focus on running light, efficient and smooth…. I also have to focus on standing tall because when I start getting tired I hunch my back. This is also a great way to distract yourself from focusing on how tired you are.
3. Dig deep. (This one works for any hard run/race, not just speed work) I repeat the same phrase over and over again to remind myself that I can do this! Today’s mantra (inspired by the Kelly Clarkson song that I had on repeat) was ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
Bonus Tip: Remember, speed work is NOT your race. Save your racing legs for your races. Speed work should be difficult but not full out, 100% as fast as you can go running.
My speed work is done on the treadmill since I haven’t quite mastered sprinting with a jogging stroller:)
1 mile warm-up
4 x 1 mile (with .4 SLOW jog recoveries and after a few I even stopped the treadmill to catch my breath)
2x .5 miles
a few miles for a cool-down. Total of 10 miles.
And for the randomness of the day:
I saw a picture of Bang’s wedding cake last night. I have never wanted to eat a picture more than when I saw the picture of their cake.
What are some of your tips for getting through speed work?
Where do you do your speed work? Track, treadmill, roads?
Are you a ‘listen to songs on repeat’ kind of a person?
Married people: What kind of wedding cake did you have? Did you smash it in the other person’s face?
-You can see my cake HERE and yes I did smash it.