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Must be getting faster!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This morning, my half-marathon training called for a three-mile run. Since that's so close to a 5K, I decided to increase it to a full 3.1 miles. Why not, right? I ran the 5K at a comfortable pace, never looking at my Garmin, so I wouldn't be tempted to speed up or push myself. These are training runs, not races, and with a semi-injured ankle and another 21 weeks of training ahead, I don't want to burn out! So I ran it comfortably, or as comfortably as is possible with a slightly injured foot and a humidity level so high it feels as if it might as well be raining on you, and I stopped my Garmin when I hit 3.1 miles. I didn't even look at my time, just started my cool-down walk back home.

It was only once I got home and looked that I realized:



I had to take a picture of it, I was so astonished. I ran that comfortable 5K in 35:36! My PR for the 5K is 35:34!! I ran it today only two seconds slower, without pushing myself, and on an injured leg! Holy donkeys!

Yes, I'm well-aware that an 11:29/mi pace is very slow for a runner, and that 35:34 is a ridiculous PR time, and all that jazz. But I don't care. I'm slow, and I'm okay with that, and I'm APPARENTLY GETTING FASTER, since I can comfortably run at a pace that nearly killed me when I pushed for it six months ago. All this training must be working!

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Update! 8/29/13 - Ran another 5K this morning, pushing a bit harder since I was so close two days ago, but again, still didn't look at my time until I hit 3.1 miles. I ran it in 33:43! Almost two minutes faster than my previous PR! WOOHOO!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 9/1/2013 7:22PM

    And by the end of this race training you will be even faster! Way to go emoticon

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MWWENSIN 9/1/2013 5:52PM

    Great job. There will always be people faster than you, there will always be people slower than you. That's not the point. The point is that you're improving. That you're doing better than you've ever done. That's why a PR is so great.

Great job!

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KIMPY225 8/29/2013 12:48PM

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Great job! Keep up the great work!!

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MOMMACASSEY 8/29/2013 12:10PM

    I beg to differ. 35 minutes is NOT a crazy time for a 5K--I'm aiming to get my time down to 40 minutes!

So, at least to me, and I know to a bunch of other people out there, 35 minutes ROCKS for a 5K.

You go, Woman!

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JOPAPGH 8/28/2013 3:57PM

    Don't let anyone belittle your PR time. It is your benchmark and applies to you and no one else. Steady progress its what you are aiming for and you are well on your way in your half marathon journey.

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KARENLEIGH32 8/28/2013 12:38PM

    WooHoo! Good for you!

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BBORDEN86 8/28/2013 11:59AM

    Way to go!! You ran that comfortably with a slighty injured foot... I'd say that's a good run! Don't push yourself... I don't want you to be out of commission! Once I lose more weight I'd love to start running, it'd be fun.

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BARB4RICK 8/28/2013 11:46AM

    Of course much faster than me! Great going young lady!

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C8TSON 8/28/2013 9:56AM

    That is emoticon ! The time it takes you is irrelevant...it's the fact that you are getting out there and running that makes all the difference in the world! So proud of you! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2013 8:49AM

    Way to go! That is a solid time, especially with an injury and not pushing yourself. Keep at it, the speed will continue to pick up as you keep going. WOO HOO for you!

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KGIRL160 8/28/2013 8:35AM

    Hey I consider anything over 11:00 minute mile to be rocking! Go you!

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WATCHMEGO2 8/28/2013 7:01AM

    Don't downplay your accomplishments girl, you did awesome!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/27/2013 11:41PM

    I run around the same pace.
No need to apologize for going slower than other runners. That's your PR. My fastest was 33 and I was pushing. But I would be very happy with 35. That's a great training run!
Congrats on an easy 5k, without pushing yourself. You did great! emoticon emoticon we runners have to stick together! emoticon

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HEIDIJUNEBUG 8/27/2013 11:08PM

    This is emoticon progress!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 8/27/2013 7:46PM

    Good job, you must be so excited!! emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 8/27/2013 5:09PM

    This is great news! I'm so happy for you - and especially encouraged, since I have had so many fits and starts where running is concerned. It looks like I have to stick with it a little longer and not get so discouraged about my slow progress! Thanks for the boost - and thanks for sharing this great progress!

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GHK1962 8/27/2013 3:54PM

    NIIIICCCEEEE !!!

So I'll say here to you what I tell wifey when she mentions she runs slow ...

1) You are wayyyyyy faster than all the people who are not running

2) You are super duper faster than all those sitting on the sofa

3) Holy guacamole ... you just ran 3 miles non-stop!

Woop Woop ....way to go you!

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SGTSUNNY 8/27/2013 3:53PM

    Great job! I have a feeling you will not be able to call yourself 'slow' for very much longer! I think like anything, you go for doing a good job and the speed will follow

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CHANGINGSAM 8/27/2013 1:05PM

    Yay! So proud of you!

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CYALE76 8/27/2013 11:57AM

    emoticon Congratulations !! Hope your ankle heals quickly too.

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 8/27/2013 10:51AM

    What an exciting day for you ?

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NOTANINJA 8/27/2013 10:38AM

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