During my challenge, I had a day when I was supposed to run 4 miles. I was becoming frustrated that neither my endurance nor my speed was improving, so I decided to try something new. I ran as fast as I could sustain for one mile, then walked .5 mile, ran as fast as I could sustain for another mile, walked another .5 mile, then ran one more mile. When I calculated my speed, I averaged an 8:30 pace during the times I was running. Considering that I started my training at upwards of a 10:40 pace for only 1.5-2 miles, I was pleased.
My next step was to close the gaps where I had walked. I ran 3 miles one day, then 4 miles another day, a big 5 miler, and finally my 2 miles yesterday. I now average:
- 9:30s in the 3-4 mile range (and I don't have to stop to walk!)
- 10:50 ish for my 5 miler (I'd like to blame the high pollen counts for that one)
- and 8:30 for my 2 mile run yesterday (in the hot, hot sun)
My weight has not changed, my legs and bum are perhaps only slightly trimmer, but I feel better. And, get this, I actually caught myself saying phrases like, "I'm a runner," "I just want to go for a run," and, "I love running."