I Just Ran My Personal BEST Pace EVER!

So you know I’ve been running and while I’m doing really well distance wise, going from running 4 miles to being able to do 8, I haven’t been really able to run any faster.  I run around 10 minutes per mile pace.  Yeah I ran the 5K last month at 9:30 pace, but I thought it could be a fluke or that is the fastest I can run.

I ran a local 5 Miles Turkey Trot today and I ran it in 45:26:02!!!!!  I know that’s probably meaningless to non runners. I ran it on an average of 9:05 minutes per mile.  Actually, I know at one point I ran it even faster because I ran the first two miles at around 9:30.

I could tell I was running faster and I was trying to slow down because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish strong. But then two ladies from my running group caught up to me and they were going pretty fast. And then they were like let’s catch up to this other group member a little ahead of us. And then it was like 1 mile left and we just booked it and ta-da!

I’m SO excited. I honestly never thought I could improve my time any further. Also, I ran this same race 8 years ago when I was in my early 30’s and ran it in a little over 50 minutes. To run it faster now when I’m older is even more amazing to me.

I have to give a shout out to the MRTT running group where I live. It’s all thanks to them!

Running Update: Dealing with the dark and the cold

November running isn’t going very well. I had a goal of running at least 4 times a week, hopefully averaging 20 miles per week. I ran 3x the first week, 4x the second week and I’ve only managed to run 2x this week thus far and only on the treadmill.  It’s been so cold! It’s been in the low 20’s and weather.com had it feeling like in the teens and I could not will my body to get out of bed in time to run outside for the past few days.

It was hard enough dealing with the dark, but freezing cold and the dark?!  And knowing that there is ice on the road as well has been a strong deterrent. On the other hand, treadmill running is awful. I can’t get past 3 miles!  I have to figure out how to get back to running outdoors again or figure out how to hit a zen zone while running like a gerbil.

The difference between October and November? I had run over 70 miles by this time in October and I’ve only run 37 miles so far.

I remember when the weather first started cooling off and 40’s felt SO COLD!  And now I would be happy with 30’s! I guess the life lesson of this month is that everything is all relative.

Running Update: 100 Miles and 29:29

I had a personal goal to run 100 miles in October and I did it!  100.44 to be precise.  I don’t know what’s going to motivate me to run in November, but hopefully I’ll find something so I don’t turn into a winter slug.

Also ran my first 5K in a really, really long time and I PRed it with 29:29!

I also had a lot of fun watching the NYC Marathon this year because I had 5 of my weekend buddies running it.  They all finished some at a little over 3 hours, some at 4 and one at 5. What an accomplishment! It almost made me wish I could run it as well one day. But having run with them on the weekends for the last 4 months, I know what it takes to be marathon ready and I just don’t have that kind of time.