As you may know, I started running a few months ago. Well..."running" was a very loose term. A few months ago I started slooooowly jogging for very (very) short stints. I was determined to at least give running a real shot.
I'm so excited to tell you that I'm actually making progress!! Saturday morning I set out, planning on doing five 5-minute intervals (with about 3 minutes of walking between each). I was pretty pumped about finally reaching 5 minute intervals and loved being able to enter 25 minutes of running into my fitness app (holy calories burned!). That morning, my running intervals were 5 minutes, 6 minutes, 5 minutes...and then I finished with a 10 minute interval. 10 minutes! I was SO pumped, and even felt GOOD after the run!
Since I felt so good, I decided to go running again the next morning (I usually run every other day, so this was different for me). I started off and thought I'd shoot for three 10-minute intervals that day. When I reached 10 minutes, I thought..."What if I'm not running a 10 minute mile? I definitely want to be able to say I ran a mile without stopping", so I decided to run for 12 minutes. Once I hit 12 minutes I thought, "Oh man...I'm still ok...I can totally do 15"....and I did! At this point, I decided it was best not to push my luck, so I walked for 3 minutes, and then took off again and ended up running another 15 minutes.
It's so encouraging to see the progress come more quickly. I've been celebrating 30 second interval increases for months and was becoming weary of it, but am so glad I took things slowly and didn't get frustrated, because it paid off! I think I've finally built up a (little) base that I can build on!
I got home and called Travis to tell him my fantastic news (he was on his way to a concert with a friend) and realized I had no idea how far I'd run. That afternoon, I hopped in my car, zero'd out my odometer, and drove my running route to see how far it was. I was pleased to see the loop is almost exactly 3.2 miles long - just over a 5k!
Know what that means? I did a 5k in 33 minutes and was running a 10 minute mile! Whoop!
Now let's see if I can do it again...
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