I read some great and inspiring running stuff on the grand interweb yesterday at work (again, shh - don't tell!) and put it to the test
While this running journey started around this time last year - I ran my first mile in forever in May! - I think I've come a faaar way. I not only enjoy running, but I actually want to improve myself as a runner!
In training for my first half, it was a matter of doing. Could I run 5k? Could I run a 10k? (I needed that corral placement for runDisney after all!) Could I run 8 or 9 or 10 or more miles for my training program? Each week the milage went up, I stuck with it - and no matter how long (see: slow) it took I made it. The icing was obviously running that 13.1 miles back in January, and the glory of saying I ran I half marathon - something I NEVER thought I would do.
But now, as I look to my next half - another runDisney race in Disneyland, and this time the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge nonetheless! - I want to not just run the miles, I want to feel the miles. I want to really run, and not just run the miles because it's what the training plan calls form.
And yesterday, after work I ran my own 5k. While I technically ran it to submit for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas virtual 5k, I wanted to continue to play with my pace given the inspiration I had found online. While I've been using MapMyRun - a fab free app on my phone to track my miles - I cannot really track my pace since its in my pocket. With a birthday coming up, I am HOPING this month I will be gifted with a lovely running watch. Until then, I am just kinda playing around with thing while hitting the road.
I am the runner that runs like hell out the gate, which as I have learned, is not the best thing to do. In my last few runs (I ran 5 miles on Saturday on a local trail, which was sooo lovely!) I have been trying to take it slower on mile 1, so I don't DIE when I hit mile 2, and have been paying more attention to my timing once I start my run/walk 'intervals' since I don't do anything formal in that regard.
Yesterday, I saw progress. I slowed it down in mile 1 and kept running into mile 2 without having to walk right away. I worked my intervals on a large hill and had, perhaps, my strongest 2nd mile ever! To top it off, my overall time was my fasted (unofficial) to date! I was so thrilled with my time. While I know it's by no means THE fastest time ever, for me it shows great progress - especially with this dang Colorado altitude!
|For once I didn't have a better mile 3 over my mile 2!|
As Bill Murry's character Bob would say..."Baby steps."
|What About Bob - a true classic. haha|