Despite my frustration with the pain during running, I’m still focused on getting those shorter runs in. And some exciting news is that during last night’s run I ran outside my comfort level!
i don’t think I’ve ever recorded a 9:09 minute mile. And when I first set my goal to complete my first marathon, my main goal is to finish, but I always thought that I would train towards running the marathon at a 10 minute mile pace. So to finish my 3.5 mile run yesterday and see that I ran an average of a 9:09 minute mile was very exciting for me.
The run wasn’t easy, definitely had me breathing a little harder than usual but overall I still felt good. Usually I don’t feel comfortable in my run until around 45 minutes – 1hour into the run, so I was expecting that this 32 minute run would be a little difficult.
Now I’m starting to ask myself.. could I maintain this pace for a 1/2 marathon?
When I first started running 7 years ago, my very first goal was to finish a 1/2 marathon in 2hrs and 15 mins. 5 1/2 marathons later, and the closest I’ve gotten to that time goal is 2hrs and 21 mins. Maybe I can reach that original time goal AND if I can maintain a 9 minute mile, I could possibly run a sub-2hr 1/2 marathon.
OMG.. how amazing would that be?!
I’m hoping to go for a few more runs this week and hopefully can run at the same pace. Tonight is hill training, and Thursday or Friday is a 5 mile run. I’ll see how that run goes.. maybe I can sign up for the upcoming 1/2 marathon (in May).. Eek! a mini-goal to work towards..