living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Mailboxes and running faster ...

One of my goals in the next few months and before I flip to marathon-training mode is to get faster.

In hindsight, this should have been my goal after running returned to "normal" at the end of last year and beginning of 2017, but ... well ... that's just a lesson learned. 

Many years ago when I didn't feel like doing speedwork, but knew how important it was, I would do mailbox-to-mailbox fartleks for a good portion of my run. I would simply speed up to what was probably my 5K pace from one mailbox to another, ease up, then repeat.

Sometimes it would be every other mailbox, depending on the street, but I would always find it extremely satisfying to do that. It was a good way to push myself without worrying about a specific interval of time or distance. 

Since it's been FOREVER since I did any real speedwork, this month is all about doing some simple things to get back to running faster paces. I did that yesterday on a short run with my dog, who also seemed to enjoy it, and came away feeling so much more satisfied with my run. 

And that feeling and that word -- satisfied -- have been missing in this long comeback. It's a perfect way to transition to a track workout at some point in time this month ...