Last night after weeks of avoiding it, I finally got myself back to the track to do interval training with running coach Andrew Lockton. With legs feeling slightly heavy from my 18-mile day yesterday, I decided to suck it up anyway knowing I needed to put in speed work. It's something I'm not particularly fond of doing, but it's a necessary evil.
Once everyone showed up, we began at 6:30pm running 1600m at around 10K pace with an 800m recovery. I immediately tried to start off with the couple of 'elite' guys we have in our group but quickly tailed off realizing I could not keep pace with them. So I ran solo. After the initial 1600m, we repeated the same distance at the same tempo. This was followed by two sets of 800m at around a 5K pace with a lap of recovery in between. These were brutal and taxing but I got through them anyway. Finally to end things off, we put in 1600m at an 'easy' pace.
I'm not a disciplined runner - far from it. Whenever I read about the training programs from runners logging 60+ miles per week, my head starts to spin. But I do think that someday, that will be me. I run primarily for the love of running. This always comes first. But in a distant second, there is a part of me that wants to improve upon my time from race to race.
So that's where we're at now. Running a sub-4 hour marathon is my goal currently. If and when that goal is realized, maybe...MAYBE I'll put in the necessary work to try to qualify for Boston.