I had one of those glorious long runs last Friday morning that could have gone on forever…maybe why I didn’t get to a Friday Fitness News round-up. Anyway, it was an awesome run and I didn’t want to stop.
I was totally in the zone. My comfort zone. Running my pace. Running my course. Running my way. And then today I just about died pushing through my hill workout. It was the opposite of Friday in every way.
Two different workouts. Two different days. Because they can’t all feel easy. They can’t all feel effortless. They can’t all be the run that you want to go on forever. That’s not how Personal Records are made.
No, sir. PRs are made outside of the zone.
On the track in the pace group juuuuuuust a little faster than the one you’re used to.
In the speed workout that’s tempting your puke threshold.
On the road with the hills you hate.
In the gym with a heavier weight than last week.
At the race you’re scared to run.
If you consistently go out and run the same pace, the same distance, the same road, you will be the same runner with the same times.
Long runs should be comfortable. They should feel pretty good. They should remind you of all the reasons you love to run and full of beautiful scenery.
But your weekly workouts, the majority of your runs–those should be hard. Like, H.A.R.D.
They should challenge you. You should push every single interval, every single hill, every single time. That’s where you change. That’s where you get stronger, faster, tougher.
That’s where your PR is made, well outside of your zone.
Get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable. No one ever said it was going to be easy.
How do you get outside the zone and push yourself: run with a faster group, change up your terrain, train against the clock, hire a coach to give you workouts? Do you run the same route/pace/distance every day? Do you go to a group circuit training class to lift? What’s your secret?! Share it here.
Now go out and run.