I don’t know where the term came from but ironman athletes especially talk about Suffering, as a term used in training a lot.
DOn’t believe me? Look Here, at this awesome recap written by a NoMeat Athlete!!!, Or if you prefer Here, as an Austrailian athlete recounts a training bike ride… you can even look here, at an Active.com article… about what motivates triathletes to suffer…
Oddly, it’s not really a term used by just regular runners that often, if ever. Just Triathletes.
So I got to the gym right on time, with JUST enough time to do a 5 mile workout. As I’m walking in the gym, I recheck my workout week. Ahhh ha ha ha, that moment when you realize your 5 mile workout is actually a six mile workout.
I debated it for a bit and then finally decided just to do it on the TM. I will admit, My right Hip has still been acting kind of strange. My TFL and Piriformis really dislike their jobs. I visited the Massage Therapist TWICE this week, and thought I’d throw up the first time. Ouch.
With the hip problem, I kind of felt like running up and down our hills here doing a speed workout might be a mistake. Plus, the TM is in one spot, so if I got behind, I could stop and be at the shower and at work.
I’m not a huge treadmill fan, I really hate the unnatural way it keeps your pace (whatever pace it is) pretty much the same. But it’s flat.
So I had a 2 mile warm up. I put the incline up a bit and ran one mile at an UBER slow pace. I Ran the second mile at a Slightly faster pace. I hit mile 3 with a little trepidation…but I dropped the speed to about my normal running speed- then at the half mile point I dropped it one more time. Mile Four I dropped the speed again to well below my normal running time…and then suddenly it was time for a shower, so I ended up with 4.16 miles.
This afternoon, I wanted to do my last 1.5 or so miles. In general Skeletor kind of does not like it when I try to repeat a failed workout. I rationalized ALL day long that the workout wasn’t failed I had just mismanaged my time.
I went home, walked the wonder dog, and went back to the gym. Now, he’s not really often at the gym on a Friday afternoon- but as I was fiddling with my shoes, in he came. and the convo went like this:
MG: Hey, (exchanges pleasantries) I kind of ran out of time this morning, can I just finish the workout now?
Skeletor: Sure, why not?
MG: you usually tell me not to repeat workouts. Can I run like, an extra mile?
Skeletor: How are you feeling, really?
MG: Describes hip issues.
Skeletor: I think you are fine. go ahead. Starts to do wall balls…
MG: hey be careful, you know you can get hit in the face with these things
Skeletor: Only if your last name is T….
MG: so you’re ok…
Skeletor- yes, you can do the workout, but you have to be sure you suffer. If you aren’t sufferin’ theres no point.
Hmmmm, is it any wonder that i get kind of tired?
I ended up doing a pretty good speed workout for me. Hopefully…these speed things will pay off.
I would like to say once again that I do appreciate Skeletor. he is a good man. He puts up with a lot of whine from me. and he has made me a much more confident, faster runner.