Monday, July 06, 2009
I set out today with the intention of making this the best run in 9 weeks of training.... My goal to run the full 3.1 for the first time regardless of how long it took!
I began my run at the usual pace of 5.2... after 7 minutes I was feeling pretty good, so I decided I would increase the speed to 5.5! I figured I would run at this speed for as long as I could and lower it back down if need be. Once again I covered all numbers on the tread that would give me an indication of how long I had been running!
As I started to get a bit winded, I decided I would check to see how far into the run I was... just over 20 minutes. I almost lowered the speed, but knew that if I were going to push myself at any point, NOW was the time. I finished the song I was listening to, and told myself I was good for another... I just kept running. With 2 minutes left, I began to feel sick, and light headed, but I knew that if nothing else I had to finish that 30 minutes. I had a real heart to heart with myself... my brain said you can do it, but my body was questioning it. I watched as the seconds ticked away to the 30 minute mark and as much as I wanted to keep going to reach that 3.1 miles, I knew that I had pushed to hard.
At 30 minutes I set the treadmill to 4.0 and began the cool down walk... all the while thinking "30 minutes 2.75 miles, so close, but so far away" I walked for about 2 minutes and knew that I had to finish the rest of the mileage, my heart rate had come down quite a bit during this time, and it was now or never. I couldn't graduate without knowing that I could run 3.1 miles. I set the tread to 6.0 and pushed onward... and I did it... 3.1 miles 33 minutes and 57 seconds! I wish I would have been able to do the 3.1 straight, but am extremely proud of my accomplishments, but more so my determination. I am a runner, and a graduate of the program...it is an awesome feeling!
I can't wait to celebrate with all my training buddies... without all of you I wouldn't be writing this now! My deepest gratitude for keeping me pressing onward, giving encouragement during the good and the bad, and making me realize that regardless of the outcome of each run I had reached another milestone....I could not have done it without you!!!