Training for this half-marathon has been quite the adventure and I'm only in week 5 of 26!
At our third team workout we did a timed mile. I was confident I could finish, and just as sure that I would not be able to run the whole thing. Still I was excited to announce my first mile time in this post here.
2/2/11 Timed mile/ Track run 15:42
I was actually looking forward to this weeks track workout because we were doing our second timed mile. And I was excited to see if I'd made progress. I know I've made progress, but I was excited to be able make a real tangible comparison of the timed mile progress.
My first area of progress was endurance. I was able to run the whole mile without stopping! Although I'd done a mile and a half during training, it still amazes me when I'm able to keep going. That thrill has definitely not worn off.
And the second area of progress was my time.
3/2/11 Timed mile/ Track run 13:21
Over 2 minutes faster!!!
And since I am not focused on speedwork, it was a fun bonus to see so much improvement. Especially since going in I had set a goal of going just :30 seconds faster.
(One person that night improved by 4 minutes!!!)
So this is what consistency can do... hmmmm I like it.