I saw this on Pinterest a while back and it really hit a nerve.
After the Wine and Dine last year, I eased way off of running. Mostly because it was dark and cold for an eternity up here in the Northeast but once the Spring finally showed its face, I still didn’t have motivation. I completed the Glass Slipper Challenge with my mom in February and had a few runs after that (all slow and awful) before it was time for the Rutgers Half in April. I ran that race with a friend of mine who followed a run/walk routine. After Rutgers I really thought the run/walk was going to be my “way back” into running like I was just before the Wine and Dine. And for a few weeks it went great.
Then I don’t know what the hell happened. I was still using the run walk but was putting out some insanely slow miles, even for me. 14/15 minutes each. At a 4:1 ratio, there is no way I should have had those kinds of times. It was really disheartening. I did manage to squeak out a few good runs but always fell back into this super slow stuff and I didn’t know why.
Nothing hurt. No shin splits, no foot pain, not even a tight IT band. Nothing. So why couldn’t I seem to get out of my own way??
See I was never very good at these ratio run/walks. I’ve done plenty of runs where I took walk breaks but never had luck when it was timed. Brian was running his first mile as hard as he could, then doing a run/walk for whatver was left. Gradually he was pushing for a farther distance. That didn’t seem to make much sense to me at first but to each his/her own right?
That’s when I came across that little motivational pump from Pinterest. If I was running at a slow pace there was no reason I shouldn’t be able to run an entire mile without the walk break.
August 18th I set out for 2.5 miles. The plan was to slooooowly run the first and then walk/run the rest . I ran all of it.
It was slow and brutal but I was able to do it and that was empowering.
I assumed I couldn’t run a mile without the walk break because I took some time off and I had to get back to that point. But the thing is, I didn’t try. The moment I stopped doubting myself I was able to do it…and then some!
I would like to get as fast as I possibly could, who wouldn’t, but my goal for now is to be able to hold an 11:30 average. That would give me a 2:30 half (11:27 to be precise) and I’ve done really well on the short distances. 3 miles is not 13 but its a start.
This past Saturday Brian and I headed to the park for a run and of course as soon as we got there, it started to rain. It wasn’t too bad but was getting heavier. I still wanted to get something in and always wanted to push one mile and see what I could do. When my Garmin beeped and I hit stop, it said 9:54 and I was bummed. It was great to have my 3rd sub 10 minute mile but my fastest to date was 9:51 and I had hoped to beat that. When I got home to update my book, my garmin looked a little different.
I didn’t think about those few seconds it took for me to hit stop after I passed them mile. I was even more pissed off them! Less than a full second off my fastest mile! But definitely happy to see I was a little faster than I thought.
Yesterday I had another good run.
My fastest 3 miles to date is 32:33! I am just missing this crap!
I’m bound to have a bad run soon. It’s been just over a month since the last one so its coming. The difference now is that I know I am capable of a lot more than I thought and a bad run here and there isn’t going to bring me down.