Tuesday evening I set out for my hill workout. I started the run feeling pretty good, excited to tackle this run that proves to be such a challenge each time I do it. The first repeat felt surprisingly good but I think I went a bit too hard. The second repeat reminded me why I love to hate this workout. By probably half way through the repeat my legs were quivering and my lungs were burning. At this moment I questioned my original thoughts that this workout wouldn't hurt as badly as last time. This workout more than any other reminds me of what I need to focus on most with my running.
Stay in the moment. Focus on the repeat (or mile) you are running.
To get there, you need to go there.
Nothing worth fighting for comes easy.
This week I also came to the very obvious realization that sometimes running hurts. This makes sense considering I've done a few hard workouts in my days. It really stuck with me running up those hills that running isn't always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes it sucks. It hurts like hell. But it pushes you to challenge yourself and your limits and see what you're capable of when faced with something hard.
On Friday I had a tempo run on the schedule with 2x 15 minutes at 7:55 (10k) pace. My warm up didn't feel all that great but I figured it wasn't a big deal. The first interval started out great. I was holding a 7:52 pace and was surprised by how comfortable it felt. But after about ten minutes the sun started beating down on me and I started to feel out of energy. I fought my way to the end of the 15 minutes but struggled to break 8:00.
My first interval during tempo runs is usually slower and feels worse so I hoped I would nail my second one. Instead I just felt worse. I thought about quitting since I wasn't even hitting my paces but what would that get me? I was having a rough run and even if I wasn't going as fast as I would have liked I could still push myself. A hard run is still a hard run no matter how fast or slow you're running sometimes.
After this run I felt defeated. A 7:55 pace should have been challenging but doable since I have run at least one of my intervals faster than that for the past few weeks. Instead of it being a much needed confidence boosting run it only brought me down more. I let myself be upset for a little and then tried to move on. As my coach Mike told me, I have put in a lot of hard work the past few weeks. Not every workout is going to be perfect. If you're truly working hard some workouts will just plain suck.
How do you get over a hard or bad workout?