Erin recommended making a special interval mix for speed workouts, and having all high energy songs makes a big difference.
My marathon group track workout was technically on for tonight, but I really want to work on my speed, and walking over ice + constant terror of breaking my leg doesn't make for the fastest workout. The set that our coach had emailed us had a whole bunch of 200s (intervals that only take like a minute) and I'm way too lazy to push the buttons that much on a treadmill. So I randomly googled interval workouts and actually found one that I liked for sprint triathlon training, so now I can consider myself "in training" for that - right?
It did the trick, plus it doubled as a handy "cover up the time because I am running for more than double the 30 minute limit during busy times" tool. I know I should be more supportive of the January Joiners, but I just can't feel guilty about it when everyone around me is just using the treadmill for a gentle stroll or texting. I'm a workout snob, whatever at least I own it! And I did my cooldown on the bike, which freed up the treadmill 5 minutes early, plus it goes along with my triathlon training theme.
My booty was sore from all the lunges in Level 2 of 6 Pack Abs, and this workout was pretty tough. 6.5 miles of speedwork (including walking breaks in between intervals). I think I might have to cut back to only doing the Ab Challenge 3 times this week - as much as I want to stick to it, I need to focus on my marathon training and something is making me feel sluggish during those long runs.
I read this Runner's World article about mantras - it sounds a little cheesy but I really wanted to create one so I've been playing with some of the words they suggest in my head during runs. I kept repeating "Run Strong, You have power" in my head, and it was working out pretty well for me. Feel free to steal it if you want. You're welcome.
I felt dizzy and nauseous when I stepped off the treadmill, and judging from the amount of puking that goes on during the Biggest Loser, that's the sign of a good workout.
Speaking of BL, I can't wait to find out who the unknowns are!