My goal for this month is to increase my speed. So far I’ve been focusing on increasing my mileage, but now that I know that I can run six miles, I want to get faster. After some online research I’ve decided to add one interval run per week. Even though I hate the treadmill, I think it’s a good tool to make sure you’re staying at a certain speed for a given amount of time.
So, yesterday I hit the treadmill at my gym to try some intervals. I’ll spare you the details, but during the first speed interval I thought I had to barf. Somehow I managed to suppress that urge and finished the worst run in a long while.
- Distance: 3.1 miles (5,0 km)
- Time: 34:00 minutes
- Average pace: 10:58 min/mile
- Feeling: Nauseous
I honestly hated every second of that run. So to redeem myself, I decided to do a leisurely Lunch Break Run today. I usually avoid running on consecutive days, as my legs don’t like it at all, but today I wanted to give it another try. And this run felt much better!
- Distance: 4.9 miles (7,9 km)
- Time: 55:00 minutes
- Average pace: 11:13 min/mile
- Feeling: Relaxed
Sure, this run was even slower, but at least I enjoyed it. Running twice in two days wasn’t as bad as I expected, but now my legs feel really tired. I think I’ll give them a total rest day tomorrow.
Do you have any good tips on how to run faster? Specifically on the 10k distance?