August 17, 2011 by justgathering
I am still so pumped about last night’s running class.
Why? I ran 3 miles in less than 23 minutes. For reals.
This was my first time running with someone other than Coach Shelly, and I was a little apprehensive at first. The workout: 3 x 1 mile repeats.
Shelly gave our pace group a little pep talk and sent us off with a very funny and nice man named John. I quickly fell into step, meditating on the sound of all of our feet hitting the pavement at the same time. I honestly didn’t feel like we were running that quickly. It felt hard, but only a little uncomfortable.
When we finished the first mile, John smiled and said, “How many of you are surprised that you just ran a 7:35 mile?” I raised my hand. Then he said, “Why?”
And we were off again. Mile 2 was uphill and I came in at 7:55. Mile 3 was downhill and I came in at — get this — 7:12.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I surprise myself.
Running class week 13 = success.
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June 28, 2011 by justgathering
My Tuesday night speed workout with the New York Road Runners has become one of the highlights of my week. I spent the whole day looking forward to this and enjoyed every [hot, grueling] second of it.
Tonight Coach took us to a loop near the 97th Street transverse in Central Park. The loop was .38 miles around this lovely green field, and though we were dodging pedestrians and kids on scooters and bikes the whole time, we managed to achieve what I consider to be a great pace.
Interval 1 — 2:47 (7:19 mile)
Interval 2 — 2:40 (7:01 mile)
Interval 3 — 2:40 (7:01 mile)
Interval 4 — 2:41 (7:04 mile)
We jogged about a mile to warm up, and I jogged another half mile home. My jog home felt ridiculously easy, so I was surprised to look down and see that I was running at a 8:15 pace. It’s all relative.
And perhaps it felt like a breeze because running in the heat in New Orleans was so intense. Whatever the reason, I feel like these classes are definitely paying off. I’m getting faster, people! That’s exciting!
Four more weeks. Dare I set a goal? I’d really like to run a mile under 8 minutes. Send some encouragement my way, and let’s hear your goals too. After all, we’re all in this living healthy thing together.
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