Over the past 10 weeks, I've been following my Nike program as closely as possible (running their assigned mileage on assigned days). But let's face it, I've missed a few workouts because who has time to run 8 miles on a Tuesday? The gist of it is - weather and schedule permitting - I've been trying my darndest to train to run farther, while still walking when I feel tired and such. A girl can only do so much.
Fast forward to last Sunday: Amanda and I did the St. Patty's Day 8k here in DC - which is the sister of the Jingle All the Way 8k we did last December. And I surprised even myself! Because little did I know that I can not only run farther now - I can run faster! Check it: In December I ran the 5 mile race in 57:12 - Nothing to brag about. Well you know what IS something to brag about?
You want to focus on the two columns all the way to the right.
Net Time - 49:47
Avg Mile - 10:01
Excuse me Race Organizers, is your clock broken? Or am I just whipping myself into that good of shape? I'm going with the latter - because it's right there in writing on the Race Results website.
That's over 7 minutes off my 8K time in just 2 months of training. Watch out world. Yours truly is now running a 10 minute mile. I don't think I've ever run a 10 minute mile - especially for a prolonged distance. In elementary school I could run 1 mile in 7 minutes - but then I'd start to walk. What can I say? Old habits die hard.
So, New Orleans better get ready for this speed demon. Who knows - I may even be leading the pack with the people trying to qualify for the Olympics or whatever. I just hope their clock isn't broken either - because if I happen to go back to running a 12 or 13 minute mile, I'm filing a complaint.
*Stay tuned for an upcoming post about race goals for Classic Weekend.