“You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.” – Bill Easton
This is my ideal running playground:
me, training on the Cascade Crest 100 course
and when I train, I prefer gruntwork like this:
not me! Ellie Greenwood, killing it at Western States 100
For the rest of this year & early 2015, I’ve switched up my running goals a bit & I am gunning for a fast marathon. I am trying so hard to love (and someday marry?) speedwork. Ahhhhhh, the track! This perfectly depicts my state after the most mild track workout:
Speedwork on the track HURTS. It also psychologically pushes some buttons that don’t get pushed during my normal runs. Intervals on the track target all my running weaknesses in one nice, neat, painful package.
So why do it???
- Get faster.
- Get stronger.
- Do what I suck at. (in other words: train your weaknesses!)
It’s easy to fall into simply doing what comes easily to us. Usually it’s what we love! I can lope along a fluffy trail for hours….that’s easy & fun. Plop me on the track with a lung-busting workout in front of me and I feel like I’m back in middle school gym class; hitting the inhaler & desperately making up an excuse to sit this one out.
Part of my “practice” these days (in running and in life) is to seek out that which does not come easily to me. Let’s just say I’m looking for the Good Hurt.