My weekday runs used to consist of running before, during or after work. The distance was whatever I had time for and the speed depended on how tired I was.
It seemed to work for me. When I wasn’t injured or recovering from an injury, I was fast enough and once I hit 60, I usually won an age group award in a race.
Then at the end of September, I joined a running group – the Troy Turkey Trot Challenge.
And once a week, our 10K coach had us run “Intervals.” The intervals varied…sometimes one minute, sometimes 2 minutes and even 4 minutes. Each interval was run at race pace with the last one being the fastest and each interval was followed by a recovery slow jog or fast walk.
To make matters worse, we had to run up hills.
At first, I really struggled and walked up part of every hill. I did get a little better and then we switched locations where the hills were longer and steeper.
And yes, I still hate them but I accept them.
So the question is…have interval and hill drills helped me?
Since I have not been injured all year and have been running consistently, these PRs may have happened anyway. But me (and my coach) like to think that the drills have made a difference.
Will I do drills on my own? Probably not. But I have discovered the benefit of joining a training group or having a coach.
Happy Running! Do you do drills?