Tuesday, October 12, 2010

5 miles!!!!!!

I ran 5 miles!!! I ran 5 miles!!!!!

Yesterday was a beautiful morning. Hubby wasn't leaving for work at any specific time, so I headed out around 6am. It was still dark, but there was a rosy glow on the eastern horizon. I felt pretty good. My long run goal for the week was 4.75. But I new 5 miles wouldn't be impossible since it would only be about a 10% increase over last weeks 4.5 miles. I like to get my long run in as early in the week as possible so I don't have to be pressured if things don't go well later on in the week.

My adrenaline got pumping a little bit when I saw a smashed pumpkin in the subdivision behind us. Then all down our road south of the subdivision I saw vandalized pumpkins. Many smashed right in the middle of the owners' driveways. I was so angry at the obnoxious brats that have fun at others expense, I wasn't surprised when my mile time was 12:40. However as I crossed the bridge and turned off our road the rest of the pumpkins were intact, and I calmed down. But I still was at about a 12:40 pace.

Our town is really small, I don't know if we even have 5 miles of roads. (The opposite corner of town is only a 1 mile run) I went about 3 miles snaking through town. I felt so good I decided to try for 5 miles, so I circled the "neighborhood" on the opposite corner of town until I was up to 4 miles. Then I just had to run home. I was amazed my pace was still about 12:45, but I knew the last quarter mile would be uphill so I didn't expect to keep it up. I was amazed at how good I felt at 4.75 miles. I had told myself I could walk then if I wanted, but I felt so good I decided to run faster.

I ran 5 miles. My time: 63:10!

That is a 12:38 pace! I kept that up for 5 miles!

My goal for October was 5 miles. I think I will "rest" next week. Meaning I won't try to add distance. But I will still be well on my way to my goal of 6 miles by Thanksgiving.

I never ever thought I could or ever would run 5 miles. Just WOW!

4 comments:

  1. Oh, Debbie!!! I'm dancing with joy over your accomplishment!!!! That's fantastic.

    I would highly recommend you plot a route as your miles increase so you aren't leaving it to chance, and you have a clear idea of what will get you X number of miles. I found as I increased, it became much harder to play it by ear. ((You can do this on mapmyrun.com, or I think there's even a google application that does this as well....or you could try going to GarminConnect.com, and look under "explore//activities"--if there has ever been a Garmin user in your area who shared their route, it would be there. I know you live in a small town, but it's worth a try anyway!))

    Very good choice to keep the same distance. You might even consider lowering the distance and trying to increase your pace a little bit (say 3 miles at 12:20...if you're feeling really strong after mile 2, drop it just a little more).

    You are doing SO GOOD!!!!! I am just so stinking proud of you I can't stand it!!!!!!!! It's hard enough to train when you have a big support group cheering you on, and who you meet for group runs...but training alone takes a very special kind of dedication. You are amazing and incredibly inspiring!!

    Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

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  2. I'm so impressed! That's a great pace!!!
    Perhaps my November goal should be to run 5 miles (I've been having some health/nutrition issues and I'm working to add mileage back up).

    I'm so sorry to hear about those poor pumpkins. I HATE when people break things that are others, especially decorations that are there to make the neighborhood prettier! :@

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  3. Okay...where are you??? What are you doing these days?? It's been WAY TOO LONG since you've posted. Come on...write a post-your readers worry!! :D ((Hope you're doing well!))

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  4. okay...Debbie...WHERE ARE YOU?????? It's been SIX MONTHS. Are you okay? What's going on with you?? I've been thinking about you and hope to hear from you-SOON!!! :D

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