Recently I have started to look forward to Mondays. How could this happen? Mondays are super busy to the point where I have to eat my lunch in less than 5 minutes (so that I can see a very sick patient who can't do the 10 minute walk from the main hospital to my office), type notes while talking on the phone, and fight with myself so that I don't go and grab another cup of coffee and/or a sugar+fat fix! I manage and love Mondays because, after all the craziness of the workday is done, I get to do speed work! I leave work, eat a protein/carb combo that gets to digest by the time I get home, change clothes, and head out. After the first couple of intervals I feel energized, after a couple more I feel clearheaded, and by the time I start to cool down, I get overwhelmed by an out of this world sense of happiness, clarity and purpose. It's like I am walking on clouds.
Speed work has made me stronger and faster. It's such a mental game, particularly for the longer intervals where toward the end breathing becomes rapid, legs starts to hurt and mind starts to protest and throw down arguments as to why you should slow down or stop. Pretty persuasive, the mind! I think speed work is such a great exercise in living - you don't give up during a speed interval, you don't give up fulfilling a dream, you don't back out of something difficult that life throws your way! Speed work reinforces toughness, stubbornness, and confidence that anything is attainable with hard work, dedication and determination.
The problem is that I am addicted to speed work. I want to go faster and faster. What satisfied my craving one month ago does not seem enough any more, and I have to work on proving that it is enough, stick with the paces suggested by my training program, and don't go faster than 1-2 seconds per interval. This past Monday I gave in and ran my 1 miler @ 6:50 instead of 7:02, my 2 miler @ 6:46/mile instead of 7:12, my 2 800 meters @ 6:40 and 6:33 instead of 6:46. Thanks to the ice bath my legs felt only a bit stiff the next day, and they are fine now. Still, I may need an intervention here. I need to get a grip on my addiction to speed work, as April is almost here and I need to be healthy and fresh legged in order to run a good race!
Anyone has this problem?
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