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Friday, February 13, 2015

a need for speed

I have a confession to make.

I never run repeats.


Yasso 800's?



Not so much.


Not unless I'm being chased by a dog and have to start and stop to avoid being mauled. 

I used to be in a pretty committed relationship with negative splits but we broke up after I had the baby (I got Tom Brady'ed) and we haven't seen each much since.

Why am I admitting this? Because I have a new favorite thing and I feel you need to understand the enormity of this new favorite thing. It involves two things I have never been fond of: treadmills and speed workouts. That's right people. I have been doing speed workouts ON A TREADMILL.

This is what I attempted today.

Treadmill intervals- I did this workout this morning and it was great!
Found on blog.nordictrack.com

 I didn't make it past 7.5. I thought I was going to fall on my face. Some of those 6's turned into 4's when I was pretty sure my heart was going to explode. 

One of my new goals is to complete this workout AS SHOWN by June. The whole stinking thing without lowering the speed or collapsing on the ground in a sweaty, gross heap.  

I'll let you know how that goes. 

Pinterest serves up an endless supply of these handy dandy little charts you can pull up on your phone and refer back to while you're wiping the sweat out of your eyes. I would recommend laying the phone down flat as it is quite difficult to read a screen on an angle while you're running way too fast for your own good.

I'm not going to lie, it was hard. I wanted to quit. And even though I had to slow it down a bit here and there, I am proud of myself for not throwing the towel in. I earned my nap today.

previous post: all the food


  1. Way to go! I found a very similar plan this week, mine was the 5 miles in 46 minutes, it kicked my butt too! Here's to us both mastering our new plans!

    1. YEA! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there risking her life on the treadmill :)
      I keep telling myself that this is all going to pay off during the Fall racing season :)

  2. This is great! I like treadmill intervals just to keep things interesting. I wrote one similar last year (and one for hills in case I want something other than speed). http://pilotingpaperairplanes.com/conquer-treadmill-run-boredom/