I’ve noticed that recently my times have gotten slower. It used to be that when I’d go for a casual run, my pace would be about 7:50 per mile. Now, it is about 8:10 per mile. I don’t know why as I haven’t changed anything but perhaps I’m just getting older.
So, I’m searching for ways to change that. Speed work is probably the answer but the notion of getting out to a track and doing 400′s and 800′s is just so deflating. Running hurts…sprinting really hurts! Guess that’s why I haven’t been doing it.
But I saw this scientific research which suggests that you can get some good speed benefits simply by sprinting for 30 seconds at a time. While sprinting a 400 seems too daunting, sprinting for 30 seconds is certainly doable.
That’s what I’ll do today. And start adding it to my normal runs for the next couple of months. We’ll see whether it affects my joggling speed. I don’t want to believe that my fastest days are behind me.