First thing I think of when I hear the word threshold is the pain and thirst that came every day after cross country practice when we ran “thresholds”. The point of the run was to train our muscles to endure and push the extra mile running fast. Often we would run two 2 mile thresholds. That way our bodies knew what racing would be like but since we did less than a full 5k for each section it trained our bodies to persevere when trying to match time in the second loop. At the end of the workout I cooled down in the hot fall afternoon and headed back to school. I recall the exhaustion and muscle tension that often consumed my body the rest of the way. Despite the negatives of post-threshold in the long term it benefited me. At races I was able to run faster for longer and eventually my senior year, my final track race, I was able to hold onto it for more than anyone else and I actually won. What I learned from threshold runs is this, train hard to compete stronger to last longer. Thresholds taught me endurance, strength and pace. I am working at learning how to pace my days and life better to be able to make it through each threshold that comes its way and overcome with triumph. All for the glory of G-d!