For the past two years I have been convinced a 10 minute mile was my pace.
This past year I introduce regular speed workouts and I have truly seen a difference over time. TIME being the key word. One track workout did not make me Usain Bolt.
I was intimidated by the social media runners I follow who seem to have a strict program and fancy terms like negative splits, fartlek, and tempo. But, after a few rounds I learned you don’t need any of those terms. Sure, you can pay more attention and plan, but the easiest way to get started is just pick a shorter distance and push yourself, with a little rest in between.
For example, a lap around the track and full speed, with a minute rest. Do that for a total of 2 miles.
I’ve seen the benefits.
DID YOU HEAR ME?! Under 9 minute mile! BOOYA!
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m pushing that fast on every run, but it sure does show me what I’m capable of.
I think I let myself get comfortable at a 10 minute mile pace and sometimes you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone.