Friday, June 14, 2013

6 @ 6

Talk about kicking this slump in the butt...

Today (Thursday) we didn't make it to kettlebell class on time, which is terrible because I actually enjoy the torture of the class.

Now, I have not been shy about the fact that I don't like the gym. I really don't like to workout at the gym...I get bored very easily. But I had to do something....I needed to get our money's worth for the childcare we paid for.

So of course, I head right over to my default...the dreadmill. I started with a half mile walk, praying that some motivation would kick in FAST! After feeling warmed up, I sped the treadmill up to 5.0, 5.5, wow feeling fairly easy...6.0. I stayed at 6.0. How long could I stay at this speed? Usually 6.0 is fairly speedy for me. I normally do 6.0 for half a mile in between slower miles.

Could I do 3 miles at 6.0? 4 miles? 6 miles? Yeah, why not!?! 6 at 6...sounds good to me.

And it was on! Once I put my mind to it, I knew I would to do. Whether it took me an hour or all day...I would do.


Okay, know to many runners out there, 6.0 isn't that fast. According to the treadmill, it was only a 10 minute mile. But I swear that felt a lot faster. Each one of my miles during my 8 mile run on Saturday was under 10 minutes...these 6 miles felt a lot faster than that!

But anyway, the point is that I did it! I have NEVER...
1. Run more than 5 miles on a treadmill...cuz I hate it.
2. Run more than 1 mile at one time at 6.0...usually it is a little "burst" at 6.0 followed by a mile or two at 5.5.

This is how I felt after my big achievement.

Ahh! I did it!

I am still surprised. When I reached 3 miles, I was like, "okay, half way there." Then I got to 4 miles and I was a little surprised that I was still going, and didn't feel like stopping. Then, as I watched the little red line make its way around the little track on the treadmill screening, I was literally saying to myself out loud,  "OH MY GOSH! You actually did it!"

I just ran my little heart out!

I totally showed myself today that I really can do this running thing. That I really can get better. Someday be a strong runner. A fast runner.

So I give myself a thumbs up...I would give myself 2 thumbs up, but I'm holding my phone :) 

Recognizing and celebrating my accomplishments...this is definitely one of them.

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How is going for you? 
Any milestones? 
How do you over come a "running slump"?

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  1. I totally agree with you - 10min/mil on the treadmill feels SO MUCH faster than a 10min/mile outside. Glad to hear I am not the only one who thinks so. Congrats on making it to 6 miles!

    1. Thanks! It truly was a great moment for me. I think it important to recognize all of our accomplishments, especially when we are starting out.

  2. That is awesome! Maybe the treadmill isn't calibrated correctly so you are going faster than 6 mph... My training is picking up again finally. Good thing too because I have a half on 7/14! 4 weeks from tomorrow :)

    1. Hey there Brittany! Thanks for stopping by. Well, whether or not that dreadmill is calibrated correctly or not, it was a major accomplishment to get through an entire hour of treadmill running...So glad to hear your training is picking up! Keep me posted!

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