Well I was ecstatic this week when I saw the weather forecast was calling for temperatures in the 50s and 60s!!!! Here in frigid Boston it has been rough but this finally showed me that there is hope yet! I was hoping to get in a long run this weekend because my Half Marathon is next weekend! I cannot believe it is here already and only 1 week away. I am filled with emotions on this but I will save it for a pre run post ;)
This week I worked on my speed again and I failed because the treadmill at the gym only goes to 9 MPH! Body fail due to equipment failure LOL. Needless to say I was disappointed! I did succeed in one way I ran my fastest ever 5K! On Wednesday I ran a 5K in 21:39 this is my fastest time I have ever run one! my old fastest time was 24 minutes, but I thought about this project and I thought to myself I can push myself a bit faster, and sure enough I did!!!
After that run I felt great, I thought back to my first 5K race back in October and how excited I was to finish it in 29 minutes. I thought about now how a few months later I was whittling down that time and working on running my first half marathon. It makes me a little less anxious about next Sunday and more confident since I know that when I set my mind to something I work on it until I make it.
So today I finally got outside to run!!!! To a woman who has been stuck on the dreadmill for almost 2 months this run outdoors meant everything to me! Now granted our sidewalks are still not cleared:
And there are mounds of snow everywhere :
But I was determined to get out there and get it done today I ran 8 miles in 74 minutes! Not my fastest time but I had a hard time setting a pace and sticking with it, I have gotten so used to the treadmill I need to get my legs back to working on their own pace. I was happy running up and down hills and dodging puddles. I forgot how fun it could be :) I also love how many calories a long run burns :)
Yes 748 calories!!!!!!!!!!!! In 1 lovely long run :)
Next week 13.1 here I come!
Do you have any races coming up?