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A Perfect Storm for Running Tonight - Best Time Yet!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

First, thank you sooo much for your compliments on my last blog! I love my new outfit and shoes...and now that they're broken in properly, they're really making running easier!

Saturday, I got home late so I ran the 10K on the treadmill. I ran for 20 minutes straight, and made it almost 2 full miles in that time! I was averaging about 10:30 min/mile. Then I started to get overheated...then the shoes I had just bought, which had not been used, started to hurt my feet. I slowed down my pace, but made it through the full 10K!

My only previous timed Virtual 10K, that I ran (and I ran HARD!) back in 2011 I ran in 72:14. I didn't prepare or train properly, so I ended up really sore and limping for almost a week after that 10K - and I gave up on running for more than a year after that experience.

So I set a goal time of 71 minutes. I had REALLY pushed myself the first time, and I knew that I could do just as well but without the terrible soreness and pain afterward.

And I ran this 10K in 70:36! A much better time, even on a treadmill (which I HATE doing!) and in brand-new shoes that hadn't been broken in even a little!

Fast forward to today. I was still riding the glow of finishing FASTER than my goal. My shoes had been broken in during the 10K, and some walking makes a HUGE difference! It was sunny and in the lower 60s, perfect weather for a run.

And the final component was the stress I needed to work out. I had to drive my dad to the hospital for his MRI this morning. He has a bone spur in his neck, and they've found an abnormality between two vertebrae. I had kept saying that he needed to stay calm and wait for the MRI...but now, the worry just hit me all at once.

So as soon as I got off work, I changed, put on my new running shoes, and hit the Wabash Heritage Trail.


I ran 5 miles in 55:05. I've averaged close to 11 min/mile, for short runs where I really pushed myself, but I've barely broken the 11.5 min/mile barrier for longer runs...and I've never done it off the treadmill, where all I have to do is stare at the numbers and try to run faster.

And the best part is that I barely walked. I'm still new enough that I usually walk for part of the run, but this time I jogged almost the whole thing. I only walked up the big hill and ramp to the pedestrian bridge, and for a small section that was unpaved.

A perfect storm of stress, weather, great new shoes, and self-confidence, and I ran 5 miles at an average speed of 11:01 min/mile...and set a new personal best on time AND on distance run instead of walked!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OUBACHE 10/12/2012 9:14AM

    Great job!

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ANYVAR54 10/11/2012 10:08PM

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JBELICIOUS5 10/11/2012 3:39PM

    emoticon I just got new shoes too! Any good tricks on how to break them in quickly? My legs/feet were so sore the other day after running only 2.2 miles. I know they're better than my old shoes which were falling apart and gave no support, but geez!! Hopefully I'll be running pain free soon!

Congrats on beating your goal time! SO AWESOME!

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/10/2012 1:40PM

    Awesome!! You kicked butt! emoticon

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IGSBETH 10/10/2012 1:26PM

    Wonderful! You are rocking it!

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JULESRULES78 10/10/2012 9:16AM

    Way to go, Falon!

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    That's an awesome accomplishment. Way to go! Good to have the shoes broken in now. It's not fun when the shoes hurt your feet.

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GEMINISUE 10/10/2012 8:44AM

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SHARJOPAUL 10/10/2012 8:02AM

    Woo Hoo!
You did great!
Just get to the point you can run those hills, even though you might have to slow the pace down a little as you approach them and run up them and you will break that 11 min. barrier!

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MOTLEM 10/10/2012 6:37AM

    Wow, you ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYIN2014 10/9/2012 10:19PM

    emoticon It's a great feeling when you break your own record emoticon emoticon emoticon

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