I've had a great week of training. I really have! On Sunday, as already blogged, I ran 9.33 miles in 1:41! That I was so proud of. To go that distance with a pace of under 11 min/mile...I was proud! Then I ran 3 miles on Tues(?) in 30:15. That breaks out to a 10:05 min/mile. Fantastic! On the bike yesterday, I couldn't believe how good I felt even at mile 9. I could feel myself getting stronger and I loved it! But the icing on the cake? That came today. I decided that since I was reading of a lot of people doing 800m repeats, I thought I should give it a try. I did 4 x 800s and I did fantastic! My times ranged from 4:19 to 4:25.
To someone who is really a fast runner, this might not seem like such a big deal. But to me...it was a HUGE deal! I'm exercising 5-6 days a week now. About 4 days running, and then I generally get in 3 days biking (some overlap with the running) as well as a day of yoga or step class. I think everything is helping me to get stronger. And because I am getting stronger, I am getting faster. Because I am getting faster, I am growing my confidence. Do you see the cycle?
Maybe, just maybe someday I'll be fast. I still look at those runners who make it look effortless and wish I could do that. I know I'll never be there. But maybe one day, I'll break a 30 min 5K! That would be something. For now, I'll bask in the glory of knowing that I am getting faster. Even if ever so slightly, it's happening! And I love it!