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Country Music Half Marathon 6.2 02-10-11

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today I was slated for a three miler, and decided to put a fun new spin on it. SparkPeople has started offering virtual 5k races, where you can sign up, run a 5k course of your choice at a time of your choosing (within a given week), register your time, and earn a new Spark trophy. This was their first week - at least that I knew about - and I decided to give it a spin. Nothing quite like a race, even if it's a small virtual one, to light a fire under you! And I chose tonight's run as my race day. So...although I headed to the gym for a treadmill run just like any other night, but had a feeling that "competing" in a race would motivate me to push myself just a bit more than usual. And, although my typical M.O. is to relax with my training runs, tonight I was just feeling like a bit of a challenge. My confidence boosted by Tuesday's "Magic Mile," I knew I was up for logging a faster-than-usual time.

I picked one of those smooth treadmills I used on Tuesday and attempted to fire up the TV. Didn't work. Don't know if I've just had the bad luck of getting two non-working TVs in a row, or maybe it's just that I don't know how to operate the TVs on this particular model of treadmill. Whatever. So I just tuned my iPod's radio into trusty Life 102.5 and set the 'mill into motion. I ran four minutes, which turned into five, six, seven, and so on. Before I knew it, 10:38 had elapsed, and I hit the one mile mark. In the second mile, I was able to inch the speed up some more, and in the third mile, just a tad bit more. I finished the 5k in 31:09, not a PR by any means, but a very respectable 10:03/mile pace! And I had managed to run without stopping to walk! Yes, I usually employ a run/walk method, but once in a while, I like to run a few miles straight...there's some egotistical part of me that occasionally still likes to prove to myself that yes, indeed, I still am capable of running x miles without a walk break. I know, I know, that's probably just perfectionist Christina talking!

As I cooled down for 0.91 miles / 15:00, I felt satisfied and excited about logging my best 5k time of the year. And excited about doing another virtual race and pushing myself to maybe even shave a few seconds off of that time to dip below a 10:00/mile. Could happen! I've already signed myself up for SparkPeople's next virtual race, which is next week. We'll see how it goes. For now I'll just show off my sweet virtual bling bling!

Today’s Entertainment: Lots of great music on Life 102.5! I love my CCM running buddies!

Total CMHM Training Mileage: 90.60
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  • LAURIE5658
    RB, where in the heck has this virtual running dealeo been all my life? And how long have I been a Spark runner? Oh the things you learn!!! THANK YOU for mentioning it.
    2809 days ago
  • TEDDYBABE
    I love the Virtual Racing too. The Virtual Racing II Team is a great team. Good race. Your times are really good! emoticon
    2809 days ago
  • NOELLIEMAE
    whoo hoo! you'll have to point me in the direction of the virtual 5K thing.. I'll look for it for sure ;) CONGRATS of your 5K yesterday! YOU ROCK!
    2809 days ago
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