Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Day before yesterday I put it in my status. I set a goal to beat my personal record for the fastest mile on my treadmill. My previous fastest (that I paid attention to anyway) was a 10 minute mile. I was aiming for a 9.5 minute mile. I really thought I could do it with no trouble. In my 5K race, my first mile took 11 minutes flat, the second mile 10 minutes and a few seconds, and third mile I covered in just over 9 minutes. So I didn't think it would be a problem. I was thinking a fast workout: 10 minute warm up, 9.5 minute mile, and 10 minute cool down. Well, it just didn't feel good on the treadmill. Admittedly it was 81 degrees when I tried it and my race was about 20 degrees cooler. So I just decided to tackle a different goal.
I did achieve a personal best, but it was not speed. I instead achieved my farthest distance at one time on the treadmill. I made 5 miles in 62 minutes. It felt good; it felt right. I ran 40 minutes but only 2 tenths of a mile was at the 6.4 mph/9.5 minute per mile speed. I walked 22 minutes of it. I will achieve the 9.5 minute mile at another time -- when it feels right.