Hard Is Where It Happens is the workout mantra I draw on when my muscles start whining and I want to quit–or at least skip those last few reps and take a breather. I remind myself that in order to get stronger I have to push beyond that point and do more than I’m comfortable doing. It’s only in challenging myself that I will reach my next goals.
Making Hard Happen
I thought about all this while doing hill repeats last week. As you can see from the elevation profile, I chose a long-ish hill in my neighborhood that is really two hills in one. I always notice that transition to the second hill–although I don’t notice that dip before it!– and have to dig deeper to keep going.
When my legs started complaining, I reminded myself that ^THIS^ is what I NEED.
I NEED to struggle now so mile 8-9 of the Reston 10 Miler won’t be so tough.
I NEED to struggle now so the Central Park hills won’t trash my legs for the rest of the NYC Half Marathon.
I NEED for this workout to be HARD so *IT* will happen.
NYC Half Training Recap
Monday: Orange Theory Fitness
There’s always plenty of hard happening at OTF. This week we cycled through three intense rounds, including challenging incline intervals on the treadmill. 7% at 7.0 mph!
Tuesday: Week 6, Workout 11 from Quick Strength For Runners
I actually had to make this workout easier because something wonky was going on in my right shoulder. As long as I broke the compound shoulder raise moves into single moves I was able to avoid the searing, shooting pain.
Wednesday: Hill Repeats
Yep, these were hard!
Thursday: Indoor Cycling at Revolve
I usually use my heart rate monitor to make sure I am working at the target intensity, but it would not cooperate. I’m pretty sure my heart was beating faster than 93 bpm during those intervals!
Friday: 8.9 mile run
The hardest part about this working was making it happen at all! Because of my business trip I decided to squeeze in my long run before heading to the train station. I figured out that I had just enough time to fit in 8 miles if I finished packing the night before, didn’t hit snooze, and didn’t dilly dally getting out the door. Well, I did all that, but somehow miscalculated my route! I got back to the house @ 6:30 and was in my taxi by 6:59–although I think I left my Fitbit charger behind.
Sunday: 5 mi on the hotel gym treadmill including 3 x 7.0 mph mile repeats
OTF has spoiled me with 1-3 minute intervals on the treadmill, so doing mile repeats tested my mental and physical endurance!
I’m going to be buried in work for most of this week, but I’ll be back for our Ultimate Coffee Date link up on Saturday–I hope to see you there.
How do you make hard happen in your workouts?