Earlier this week, I ran a one-mile time trial in 8 minutes & 57 seconds. Y'all, I ran a mile in 8:57! That is HUGE for me. I typically run an 11-12 minute mile. If I'm racing, a 10 minute mile. Friends have been telling me for awhile now that I'm faster than that, & apparently I am. Who knew?!
Let me back up & explain how I found myself at the Rose Park track at 6:00am on a Tuesday. I put on about 6 pounds over the holidays & have had a hard time getting it off.
gave me the sage advice of 'you didn't gain it overnight, you can't expect to lose it overnight; up your exercise'. P.S. I've since lost 3 of the 6 pounds.
I was talking about this at Pancake on Friday when I realized that I have a friend in my arsenal who has not only lost weight, but successfully kept it off:
. So I went home & emailed her & we decided to meet over lunch on Monday. At
First things first, Husk was AMAZING. This was my first time there & I was not let down. We shared the deviled eggs, the veggie plate & the cheeseburger. Everything was delicious, but that cheeseburger will haunt my dreams until I'm able to go back & eat it again.
I digress. Sarah is totally awesome & brought her 2013 & 2014
& showed me her system for tracking food & exercise. I used to love planners, but in the past few years I've quit buying them & rely solely on tracking everything electronically. I thought about it & explored building a similar system in Evernote, but the planner is what makes the most sense to me. So I bought one. I'll report back.
During our fancy lady lunch, Sarah pushed me about my speed & said I need to start running faster. Then she invited me to meet her the next morning for a one mile time trial. The last time I did a time trail was a Fleet Feet Speed Session in 2010, which I hilariously chronicled
. As you'll read, my time in 2010 was 11:32.
I was anxious & nervous when I met Sarah on Tuesday & required a lot of coaxing to actually run the one mile. I was scared I'd run as fast as I could & still be a 10 minute mile. And I REALLY wanted to be faster than that. Sarah was great & ran the 1.5 mile warm-up with me. She told me to start fast & run until I felt like I was going to throw up. So that's what I did. Sarah runs a sub-7 minute mile, so she dropped me real quick. I turned up the Yeezus, put my head down & just ran. During the entire 4 laps, my brain was telling me to quit, to slow down, that I couldn't maintain this, but I just kept running. When I was on my last lap, I looked at my watch & saw I was around 8:45, so I sprinted the last half lap & made it with 3 seconds to spare: 8:57. Sarah was waiting on me & gave me a big high five when I finished. I couldn't talk & I really did feel like I was going to throw up, so we walked for a few minutes & then ran our cool down mile.
You guys, I'm so proud of myself for doing this. I did something that I was terrified to do, I pushed myself WAY outside of my comfort zone &, mostly importantly, I didn't die. I'm going to keep the track work-outs up. I'd love to get my half marathon time down to 2 hours (I'm at 2:40 right now). We'll see!
Thank you, SKB!