Take My Own Advice
|September 13, 2012||Posted by Carrie under Running|
I was talking to my friend the other day about running, I do try not to bore non-running friends to death with running talk (that’s what my blog is for), but the subject came up and I mentioned that I ran for 2 hours alone this past weekend. Then, I said “I wish I was faster.”
That got me thinking… how do you become faster? Well, I know the answer, I just hadn’t been doing anything about it. I go out there and run and do some half-hearted speed workouts, but I’ve really done nothing serious in months and months to try to get faster.
So, yesterday, I stopped with the wishing and decided to take my own advice. I did a real tempo run. I’m not following any specific plan, so I decided I’d do my 2 miles at a 10:00 pace. The number kind of scared me, but I was pretty sure I could do it.
I walked the first mile with my dogs, then took them home and ran an easy mile 2 to get myself to a nice open stretch of path with no stoplights. I hit start and set the goal of going at a good pace, not all-out, and I made note to not look at my watch for a good minute and then I’d adjust accordingly.
When I looked down I saw 8:30 as my pace. Eeek! So, I slowed down and next thing I knew it was showing 9:30. I was breathing well and didn’t seem like I was dying, so I changed my goal to stick with that.
I did it!! I talked myself out of walking at the 1 mile turnaround point and I kept going for 2 uninterrupted miles at a 9:33 pace! At some point I looked down and saw my pace slowing to 9:37, so I pushed back and got it back down. That last 1/4 mile was hard. Really hard. And – that’s the exact pace I need to break the 30 minute 5K! I’m setting my sights on that.
I then walked a bit and then slowly ran home to finish mile 5 of the workout at a 13:13 pace.
So, if you find yourself wishing for something to change – it’s never going to change. You have to do something about it.
Do you take your own advice?