A new accomplishment

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Today I did something I have NEVER done before: I ran 2 miles WITHOUT STOPPING. No walking, no stopping, and didn't really feel like it was getting hard until the end, when my breath was a bit more ragged and I had a little cramp in my side. My legs had been tired of doing the same thing over and over since about 1/2 mile into the run, but I pushed past the mental block and told my legs that was just how it was going to be. They may be bored, but they weren't incapable. Let's keep going.


I am SO proud of myself. This is a huge accomplishment for me.

I used to dread The Mile Run.... it was the bane of my existence in P.E. classes throughout school. I was ecstatic (though thoroughly exhausted) when I ran/walked a mile at the end of Boot Camp in about 11 minutes. But I didn't feel nearly as good after that one mile as I did today, after two miles. I feel like I've come so far.

I kept a positive attitude most of the way. Kept reminding myself that this was so much easier than it used to be, that I have grown stronger, leaner, fitter. After the first mile I really found I had to keep urging myself on -- "c'mon, just gotta keep running till the soccer field... c'mon, just a little more till the bridge.. keep going till the corner.. a little further till the animal hospital.. c'mon, only three short blocks left, can't quit now.. so close, you can do this! Don't quit now!!" And I didn't quit.


I got back home and wrote down the length of the songs I'd listened to on my run, so that I could figure out my times for each mile. As it turns out, without realizing it, I ran each of the two miles in EXACTLY 11 minutes, 30 seconds. How's THAT for a consistent pace!?!?!?

I keep waiting to feel the "Runner's High"... and sometimes I feel a high after I do a run, but I'm not sure if it's really the runner's high, or if it's just my own personal high from knowing that I am really accomplishing something. Either way, I like it.

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