Just Run Faster: Tuesdays on the Run

Tuesdays On The Run Hi there and welcome to the Tuesdays on the Run link-up! Your hosts April, Erika and I are thrilled that you stopped by!

Every week we focus on one aspect of running. Fellow bloggers share their posts by linking-up at the bottom so you can see many points of view on the same topic.

This week we are talking about speedwork.  All runners want to get faster- some a little, some a lot.  But how do we run faster?  In my case, I need to quit taking character pictures mid-race!  But for most runners, speedwork is the answer.

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Alright, look, when it comes to speedwork I’ll be the first to admit I don’t do it.  Well, I do it but I do it so sporadically it’s probably not really helpful and shouldn’t even be called speedwork.

However, I know for a fact that when I put a little effort into specific speed drills (ladder drills on the treadmill are my go-to) that I see a difference in my overall pace.  A huge difference.


I’m going to share this fantastic article by Emily Faherty on Greatist.com

She shares 25 ways to run faster.  Her list includes a few speedwork suggestions that sound like they’d be easy to incorporate if you aren’t doing it already such as hills and tempo runs.

Some of the additional points I took from the list are to lose weight (check it- 2 seconds faster per pound lost? Heck yeah!) and to build a stronger core.

From Greatist.com

All these steps will allow you to just run faster.

Tweeeeet!  Time-out called on the field. 

I’m going to change course for just a minute.  Let’s talk about that phrase.

Just run faster.

I’ve seen it thrown around a few of the running social media sites and frankly it reeks of elitism and assholeness.

I know, I know, I swore.

But Shenanigans, this is a family blog!

It is, but it’s also my blog and sometimes I just gotta call people what they are.  If the A-hole fits and all that.

Exhibit A: The Peachtree Food Hoarders story my friend and fellow DisBroad Amy broke a couple of weeks ago.  If you missed it, be sure to read it here.  The post itself is mind-blowing but somewhere mid comments is where you find this gem:

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Well done, Amy.  Maybe I should add that to my A-hole remark.

Bless their hearts.  

Exhibit B:  This one comes from Instagram.

Dude WON the Rock ‘N Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon.  He WON it, y’all.

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Apparently it doesn’t matter how fast you go, someone is always telling you to just run faster, eh?

Does this reek of jerkiness and a-holeness to anyone else?  Why can’t we all respect that our pace is our own business and move along (at your own pace, I might add!)

Am I being too sensitive?

Tweeet!  Alright… back to speedwork.  Game On!

So speedwork.

Do it.

It will make you a faster runner and possibly keep internet a-holes from telling you to just run faster.  Bless their hearts.

Tell me what you like to do for speedwork.  Are you an interval runner or a hill runner? What makes you faster?

Last week we talked about running while on vacation.   If you missed it, be sure to check it out!

Time to link-up!

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About Patty

Patty Holliday is a wife and mother of four. She's a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)


  1. Speed work is my favorite type of training run! Love the high school track 🙂

  2. I love treadmill intervals. Almost all of my lunch runs are intervals. Normally one minute at 5.0 and one at 6.0. I tend to ramp up from 6.0 to 6.5-7.0 depending on the day.
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  3. ha my trainer has said that to me before! Just run faster-don’t you think I would if I could?? 2 sec per pound huh? Fun linking up with you all!

  4. I loved that article that Amy wrote! I have come to respect the fact that “pace” and “time” is a very personal issue to runners. People just need to accept the fact that we are all out there doing it ( running) and it doesn’t matter about finish time or pace. In the end, all of our goals are the same, to finish! -M

  5. Ahh there is always going to be some a-hole out there making comments no matter how great theaccomplishments. I just try to focus on myself and better myself. Comparing your self to others who may be faster or stronger will not help. I like to try to fit in hills and 400m repeats when I can to increase my speed.

  6. Tammy Nelson says:

    I hate speedwork. 🙂

  7. Gotta love internet commenters who work as armchair quarterbacks (or running coaches) in their spare time. I’m enjoying my speed work sessions with this training cycle, and I do feel more fit and strong as a result of them. Thanks for hosting the link-up!
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  8. It’s not an asshole comment if it’s coming from me when we see the sweepers at a Disney race. 🙂 Thanks for the mention, girl. I could totally be faster but I just don’t wanna work that hard.
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  9. OH MY GOODNESS! I want to punch someone’s mouth. GOODNESS! But I too know if I do speedwork, loose weight etc etc I will get faster. I just dont like it. **Insert temper tantrum ala my 4 year old here**

  10. Gee, if only it were that simple… if I could run at the pace I did in college, I would. But guess what… I have a desk job and have had one for 7 years now. (eye roll) That doesn’t give people an excuse to take all the food.

  11. I need to get to speed work! Hopefully after my race I can start focusing on the basics, continue to run and slowly refine and improve my speed for the spring!

  12. Oh, internet trolls are just the best aren’t they? While I do have speed goals and want to get faster (seriously faster), I fully respect EVERYONE who laces up their shoes and moves in a forward motion! Fast or slow, we all get there eventually!
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  13. Bonnie S. says:

    Great tips Patty. I have actually never done speedwork on the treadmill. Only outside. I might have to try these ladder drills. And that article you pointed to is spot on. There are so many I need to do. Skip the sweets, lose weight, hills, core. Man. I need to work on it all.

  14. Love it! Yes I am just trying to run faster too! You gave some great ideas on working just that- thanks!

  15. Some people just don’t know how to encourage and support others. Freakin’ elitists.

    On a good note, I love speed work and honestly can’t wait to get back to it once I am positive I can do it pain free!! Intervals are my fave!

  16. Speed work…ah yes. Need to do more of it.

    And some people. Sheesh. Always seems to be some people out there that just think it’s easy to be fast and they rest of us just don’t try hard enough. I’m still doing the same mile you are.

  17. Seriously, what a jerk to write that !! Just goes to prove – whether you are first or last, there will always be armchair coaches!
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