I haven’t always loved running. I’ve always loved being a runner and loved races, but there have been a lot of days in the past where I just didn’t want to get out the door to run. I know it’s true for many runners at some point, so it doesn’t make me feel bad to say that. But somewhere in the last few weeks, something has clicked and runs have been more of something to look forward to for me. I think it’s a combination of working for a new goal, hitting new distance records, and running at faster paces. But somewhere along the way, I accidentally started loving running.
I don’t know what did it, because if I did I’d bottle it and sell it. But with that excitement I headed for the treadmill today. I got home later because of commitments after school, and since I’m not much for running in the dark, I didn’t want to risk being out past the sun. After warming up for 5 minutes at 6.4, I took Mary’s advice and decided to do a little bit of speed work. I didn’t do much pre-planning, but I remembered progression runs when I used to run with the Fit 2 Run group. I decided I’d run at a certain speed for 10 minutes and pick it up to a faster pace until I finished.
In the end I ran my 4 miles at an 8:13 pace. It’s one of my fastest training runs, and it felt great. Adding that speed work helped my confidence a lot, and I’m definitely going to keep doing it on a weekly basis. It also didn’t hurt that I had a treadmill racer beside me who kept a pretty fast pace himself. I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t up for a challenge, so he pushed me a bit too. Thanks, stranger!
I also wanted to share a product I was sent to review by MaxFlowSports. I was excited to check out their Cross-Grip headband, as I literally never go on a run without a headband to hold down my frizzy mess. This one was a little different than the ones I’ve used before, but it is also a little cheaper. As opposed to a velvet backing, it has a rubber material. It stayed in place pretty well on my head, but I think it’s meant to be worn further to the front of your head than I usually wear mine.