The 9 minute mileS.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

That's right. Miles. With an S!

I ran 5 miles in 45 minutes this morning. No walking. No stopping. No excuses. No kidding.

I haven't been on here for awhile. I've been keeping up on my training, but I've really been in a lonely and sad place. I've been doing long runs in humid, 90 degree heat, and it was really making me miserable. But I kept doing it because my race is next Saturday. Today I broke down and went to the gym for my biggest run so far of the training session - 45 minutes. At 9:30 this morning it was already too hot and muggy and sunny to go outside.

It's the first time in over a year that I've done a long run on the treadmill. I got into a good pace during my first 5 minutes or so - 6.6. I tried to keep my mind occupied because I knew I'd be on the machine for a long time and it can get so boring, but as I watched the numbers on the screen, I was SHOCKED. I completed a 5k in 28 minutes, and I still had plenty of run left to go. The miles just kept going up and up, and never once did I get tired or winded or anything that happens when I'm running in the heat. When all was said and done, I ran for 5 miles straight, at 6.6. I am so proud and excited. All my training has really paid off, and I can't believe that 9 weeks ago I could hardly run for a minute at a time.

I'm finally starting to see results in my body, too. I can get back into my size 18 jeans again for the first time in months. Not super comfortable yet, but I can get them up over my hips. My workout clothes fit much more comfortably than they did when I started running, and most of my other clothes feel better, too.

I have 2 more training runs left and the race is Saturday morning.

What's next? I ordered some Shakeology and I'm going to give the Chalean Extreme program a try. I did a 3 day sample of Shakeology and I noticed a difference even in 3 days. I'm going to commit to 30 days and see how it goes. It's very expensive, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I'm also going to figure out a maintenance running program because I really enjoy the challenge of running, and I've signed up for more 5ks in the near future.

Oh, what I wouldn't give to go back to high school for 1 day to run the mile during physical fitness week. :P
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