I mentioned in my last workout post about how I've been pushing myself but feel like I could do more. I'm a little concerned about it, because I know how hard I want to work. And yes, I would like to be at a level like I was last year where longer runs and sprint workouts were not that difficult. However, I think that the best course right now is gradually stepping everything up. I think I am kidding myself when I say a 45 minute treadmill series will not be difficult.
In any event, last night we took turns going to the gym from scorekeeping. I went, stretched, warmed up, and hit the treadmill for my standard 2/3 workout. I did however push myself to 20 minutes instead of what has become the standard 15. I also found a method to take away from the monotony that is this workout and stop looking at the time every 20 seconds. I move my towel over the time when I am doing the running and check it about 2 minutes or so into the song I am currently listening to. That way, I don't glance down all the time and get frustrated.
I also steamed after my workout. It felt great to relax in the steam room and sweat a lot.