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.

AND I DID IT!!!!  NON-STOP!!!!

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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40 comments:

  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!

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    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.

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  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 :)

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    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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