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Friday, January 25, 2013

Runs For Cookies Virtual 5K

I may have mentioned a few times that one of my goals this year was to run a sub-10 minute mile. I’ve been running on the treadmill at a 6.2, which translates to a 9 minute 40 second mile. This past Sunday I reached the point in my training plan where I was supposed to run for 8 minutes, walk for 2, then run for 10. The 8 minutes was hard, but once I started the 2nd running interval, I had to stop at about 7 minutes in due to feeling nauseous. I then decided I should do the 10 minute interval first, this way I know I get in my goal, and then I’d work on building the 2nd interval.

It worked! Tuesday this week I ran my first sub-10 minute mile. On the treadmill, which means it doesn’t really count, but still. Then I ran about 4 minutes and another 2 minutes afterwards. Since I signed up for Katie’s Virtual 5K, I pushed even harder and managed to run for 13 minutes at 6.2 mph. After that I did a few more running intervals and finished 3.1 miles in 34:31.

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My goal time for the 5K was 34 minutes, and even though I didn’t hit that, this is still a PR for me, as my fastest 5K time before was 36:14 at the Jingle In July 5K! I’m actually looking forward to continuing to build up my speed and getting a real PR in a race this spring.

If you don’t already read Katie’s blog, I highly recommend it. Recently I commented on how fast she runs and she told me her fast speed used to be 5 mph – now it’s like twice that! – so that gives me hope on my own improvement! Running this pace is still difficult for me, but I know it’s much faster than I could run last year at this time, so that’s something!

Linking to:
Getting Fit Friday

10 comments:

Z said...

:) that's a very good time. I'm almost took double time.
http://kickingkilos.blogspot.in/

K Coake said...

Way to go, Dara! I bet it felt awesome! I love it when I hit a personal goal like that. I need to set one because my running has been really lackluster since the half.
Take care,
KC

mod mom beyond indiedom said...

Hi fellow Jersey Girl! I'm a new follower and I found you through your ad on More Than Mommies! Nice to cyber meet you. ;)

Holly Nicole said...

I'm going to throw myself a party if I can ever run a sub-10 minute mile again. Way to go, Dara!

Raising Reagan said...

Great job girl ... I have a 5k scheduled for March and I'm looking to add a couple more before Summer.
I'm building up my endurance again at Zumba and Cardio Kickboxing so I'm hoping to be able to run a solid 2 1/2 hours like I did back in October during the 1/2 marathon.
We will see...

xoxo
Lanaya
www.raising-reagan.com

Hanna said...

I'm so jealous!!! Seriously dying to run!!! I cannot wait to get this baby out and all this weight off. I want to qualify for Boston in 2014 so I've got a big year of running planned) I lov running! It fills me like nothing else!!!!

Kat @ S and F said...

Way to go! Thanks for linking up!

thepreppyrunner said...

Way to go! That is an AWESOME accomplishment. You'll just keep getting faster and faster and faster - so keep pushing it!

So happy I found you through Kat's blog!

xoxo,
Ashley @ The Preppy Runner

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Good for you, I'll have to take a look the gym start back this week

Brittany B said...

Good for you! It sounds like you are doing fabulous!

Thank you so much for linking up, I hope you link up tomorrow as well!