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.
Just Run Faster
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.
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.
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:
[Tweet “You just gotta love it when Southerners use “bless your heart.” @momsmagicmiles”]
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.
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!
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!