This morning I had a fun workout. (It is fun now that it is over... I was working hard during it!) Josh and I drove out to the high school track at 6am. I did a three mile warm-up with Josh, and then I did a 5x800m interval workout, and then a three mile cool down (again with Josh). I did my 800's in 2:57, 3:02, 3:03, 3:02 and 3:02. I was really happy with the times and with the consistency.
Josh took some more video footage while I was running on the track. He really enjoys doing that! I thought that the camera was turned off when I declared after my fifth and final interval that "800's suck". :) You can hear/see that in the last clip below. Anybody want to come run with me? I would so love to have some other runners out on the track with me to train with.
Changing topics -
I had a thought in church today. Our Sunday school lesson was about living with an attitude of gratitude. The teacher talked about how we should be grateful every day, even for the trials we have in our lives, because it is through our trials that we grow, learn, and become better. She said part of the reason we are here on Earth is to be tested, and that if life was easy all the time, we would never progress. And it's true... while we may never welcome trials when they come, almost always we look back on our trials and see that we learned an important lesson and/or that we have come through the trial as wiser, stronger, better, more blessed, etc.
I couldn't help but think that it is the same with running. If all of our runs are easy, at our same comfortable pace, we won't ever progress. It is through the "trials" - pushing ourselves on long(er) runs, tempo runs, intervals, and other challenging workouts (whatever challenging is for the level you are at), that we become faster, stronger, and better runners. All of our runs can't be "trials" (just as all of our life isn't trials), and the easy runs and easy times are important for our bodies and souls to refresh, recover and be ready to take on the next trial. But in running, and in life, it is through our trials that we grow and progress.
I hope everyone has had a great weekend. :)
Here are a couple of video clips from the track workout today.