Running can be hard. It can be a grind. There are days I don't want to get out of bed and put on my running shoes. You might think, by watching the latest video on interval training, that it's easy.

You'd be wrong.

Intervals aren't fun. They're fast. They push you, and not always in a way you want to be pushed. You start sucking wind, wondering when the torture will stop.

And yet, if you've committed to something as big as a marathon, you do them anyway. Because you know it'll make you better. Because of the feeling of accomplishment. Because you've told a few thousand (OK, a few hundred... Alright, alright, a couple dozen) readers you're doing them.

Intervals are a necessary evil. Survive them, and you get to do them again the next week. It's only after I'm done with them that I'll appreciate the good they've done me.

Speaking of things I don't like... here is just a handful of the things I'd rather do than plow through an interval workout.

1. Work in one of Gordon Ramsay's kitchens

2. Watch 12 hours of Disney Channel "sitcoms"

3. Dust. Anything.

4. Sit through the latest episode of (place the name of your favorite reality show here)

5. Push a rolling chair up and down the Boardwalk in 90-degree heat