I did speedwork on the track today for the second time this season. I love/hate the track–nothing makes you faster, in my opinion, but man does it hurt!
We did a ladder set, which means our first and last intervals were my all-time least favorite–quarters. To run strong quarters, you have to move those feet fast. This plays directly to my weakness. Honestly, if I have a fast-twitch muscle in these legs, it has yet to make an appearance. My idea of a workout from hell would be all quarters, which is certainly why I need to keep at them.
Sometimes with running it’s easy to focus on our weaknesses. I do think we should work on our weaknesses so that we can make them less of a liability. If hills give you a hard time, do repeats. If finding a good pace for racing is tough, do tempo work. But I also don’t think it pays to dwell on weaknesses or let them get you down. In fact, a little focus on your strengths can go a long way toward building confidence.
So quite immodestly, I’m going to say that my strength in running is finding the right pace and then holding it. I’m pretty good at delivering consistent splits in races. Knowing this, and focusing on it, gives me confidence every time I toe the line. I think everyone should find their strength and use it for all its worth.
That being said, what’s your forte when it comes to running?