Running Log — 0004 — If it doesn’t hurt, you aren’t working hard enough.

I never quite understood how elite athletes pushed their physical limits every single day. I understood the mentality, but, actually going through with it? That felt so very foreign.

That was until I truly started pushing myself. It started just a few days ago. I thought I had pushed myself as hard as I could, but, I somehow found another 10-30%. The feeling after the workout was intoxicating. My mind was perfectly calm, and content with the days work. I knew I had improved today, which is something that rarely feels so subjective.

So, how did I reach a training threshold that created such exquisite pain? I accepted that specific types of pain are a positive sign, instead of a negative. Yes, you must pay attention to your body, but, I was too sensitive in the past, and therefore was not reaching my full capacity.

Let’s get into my most recent workout!

It was quite hot out, around 27 degrees celsius (About 80 Fahrenheit). With this weather, I thought it would be best to do interval training once again. The workout was set up like:

2 Sets of:
600 Metres X VO2 Max Pace (around 4:20/KM)
90 seconds light jogging
500 Metres X VO2 Max Pace
90 seconds light jogging
400 Metres X VO2 Max Pace
90 seconds light jogging
300 Metres X VO2 Max Pace
90 seconds light jogging
200 Metres X VO2 Max Pace
90 seconds light jogging
100 Metres X VO2 Max Pace

4 minutes rest in between sets.

Now, let me tell you, this was quite painful. I had decided to do this workout by running around the perimeter of a grass soccer field, which was extremely uneven and bumpy. As much as that sounds like complaining, I think it helped my training in a way. Each stride needed intention and commitment; otherwise, I would risk rolling my ankle.

All in all, I am proud of this workout. I was dripping sweat by the end, and I felt like I left it all out there.

Keep working hard, and embrace the pain!

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