Happy Workout Wednesday! Maybe you love Wednesday mornings, or maybe you dread them but love them because you know they do you good. Or maybe you hate them and just come because your friends do. Whichever boat you're currently in, we're glad you're showing up. Keep it up.
We know you all like different types of workouts, so we try to give you some shorter speed (think, 400s or 40/40s) and some longer endurance (think, today's workout or tempo runs). You need both, and in reality, you need the type you hate the most. So, if you realllllly dislike hills, you need to run them. If you just can't stand 400m repeats, do them anyway. They'll do you good.
Today we took it up a notch. We split into three groups based on goal race pace. If you think we just threw you into groups based on where we wanted you, think again. You're in those groups because you have a goal. We're here to help you meet it, and you're going to nail it. How do we know that? Because we have confidence in you. So what if you don't nail it on your first try. Keep trying. You'll get there. Rome wasn't built in a day, and any goal worth having should scare you a little and make you want to work.
Anyway, back to the workout -
Our workout today was as follows:
The paces for each group looked like this:
Group 1: 7:30/8:15; 7:00/8:15; 7:30 (With Nick and Joy)
Group 2: 8:00/9:15; 7:30/9:15; 8:30 (With Jamie)
Group 3: 9:00/10:15; 8:30/10:15; 9:00 (These members were out this week, so they're doing it on their own)
While this workout was quite difficult, it really prepares you for your longer fall races. Most of you are racing half or full marathons, and this workout is a great one to help you build speed and endurance.
One of you told us, "I'm not sure I've ever completed that many miles with that average [pace]." - Well, now you have, and you totally rocked it. Just think of what you can do next.
Someone else told us, "I didn't think I could run that pace. I've been scared of it for a while, but today I did it." Dang right you did, and you kicked that pace's butt.
We also heard, "This workout made me realize how much work I have to do."
Maybe so. Sometimes we need to be reminded of where we currently stand so we can evaluate what we need to do next. It's okay to need to put in more work. No one is perfect, and quite frankly, we all need to keep striving to get better. So, kudos to you.
You can accomplish so much when you give yourself a chance. Remember, your body can push harder than you think. It's your mind you have to convince.
So - you told us you liked this workout despite the fact it was quite difficult. But, that's the point, right? If you wanted easy, you wouldn't come.
See you next Wednesday for hills. Enjoy your day, and keep rocking your runs.
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