Yesterday’s not so great run was followed up by today’s speedy run. I felt like I was on fire. I ran around that reservoir like I was being chased by an armed bandit! I did 3.4 miles in 32 minutes which for me is a fantastic time.
Time and running is such a personal thing. Throughout my half marathon training I didn’t really set time goals. However, I learned that I could comfortably maintain a 10 minute mile pace almost all of the time. On shorter runs I often ran a little bit faster. In the running world this is considered rather slow. For me it is quite a feat to go from not running at all to being able to run an entire mile in 10 minutes.
By the half marathon I felt comfortable in setting a time goal. I thought that finishing the half in 2:30 was reasonable and gave me some wiggle room to “take it easy” so to speak. I wasn’t competing against anyone but myself. I was extremely proud of myself for finishing in 2:21.
I have learned to love running. I want to improve at it now. I want to learn more about how running affects my body. I also want to see what my body is capable of considering I never believed that it could run. So I do note my time, most of the time. Sometimes I just run for the sake of running, no time goal, no distance goal. Sometimes I abandon a goal mid-run because I’m just not feeling it.
When I start a run like I did yesterday I was excited to monitor my time. I really felt like I was flying for the entire run. Everything was in sync.
Another important lesson I learned from half marathon training is that a bad run is not an indication of future runs. It is an isolated moment and for me it is usually followed by an amazing run. I learned that one bad run does not equal failure. One bad run does not mean I should give up. Sounds simple, but believe me in the past I would have not only quit the bad run I would have probably quit all together.
I’m so glad that I haven’t quit running. It has become a part of my life. I crave it when I can’t do it. It fits into my schedule. It gives me just enough