It’s amazing how quickly you see results. Each week I can find some achievement in my runs, whether it’s a distance record, a speed at a particular distance (anywhere from a quarter mile to seven miles), or just how I feel after shorter runs as my endurance increases. I have a feeling it could be because I’m so new to the sport (ever heard of beginner’s luck?), but I hope I continue to see these milestones. They are very motivating!
Tonight’s milestone was a PR for a single mile run. I did a 3.5 mile tempo run, and I ran my second mile in 9:11. Not only that, but I managed to keep my pace under 10 minutes for another half mile after that. My splits:
- Mile 1: 10:34
- Mile 2: 9:11
- Mile 3: 10:11
- Mile 3.5: 10:44 pace
- Total: 35:16 (10:05 average pace)
There was lots of stretching and foam rolling when I got home! What motivates you to keep running?