Inspired to Run Faster!
Monday, February 14, 2011
My sister-in-law is training for her first marathon. We both ran our first half marathon back in November. At that time, she signed up for her first marathon and I signed up to do the half marathon with her. We are competing in Go! St Louis in early April.
She is dealing with a lot of ice & snow recently, so she's been running inside. This past weekend, she ran 7 miles on a treadmill at a pace of 11 minutes/mile. I ran 8 miles outside at a pace of 12:50 minutes/mile.
I was kind of frustrated when I heard how fast she was running. Why can't I be faster? My husband reminded me that she was a super athlete - though high school & college in two sports. Also, she's younger than me (by 2 years... does that count?) and she started training about 6 months before me (& I've only been at it for 8.5 months). Oh, and she's about 4 inches taller... that counts too, right?
But, I decided to see what I could do today. I had a bike ride this morning and a run on the treadmill this evening. (Mondays & Wednesdays are now my days for double workouts.) I rode 9+ miles this morning, which was great since I haven't ridden much in the past couple of weeks. I went to the gym with the goal of running 1 mile at near an 11 minute pace. My fastest mile up until now has been just under 12 minutes.
Well, I did it!!! I ran a mile at an 11:07 pace!!! And, it felt pretty good. I rested a couple of minutes, and then thought I'd try to run faster. I set the treadmill at 10:42 and wanted to run for half a mile. Well, I hit a half a mile and kept going. I ended up running a mile at 10:42! Yeah!!!
As I approached 3.1 miles, I thought... I might be able to set a PR! My fastest 5K to date is 37:48. Well, I ended up doing it in 37:18!!! That includes 3 minutes of just walking while I warmed up. (I also had to walk a couple of blocks from where I dropped my daughter off, so my warm up was about 6 minutes.) I'm thrilled! Though I won't count it as official since I've read that treadmills aren't very accurate. But, I can't wait for my next 'real' 5K! Whenever that will be! (It might not be until fall... I don't have any scheduled right now.)
My next race is my 10K a week from next Saturday. I'm hoping to have an official time of under 1:15. My 10K last month was 1:09 something, but they shortened it (accidentally) by half a mile! So, here's to a little speed!!!