As I mentioned earlier its getting darker earlier and with work, and raising a 4 year old I have to squeeze in running when I can, and that is at the gym until the weekend when I can get outside. I ran on the treadmill, which I don’t mind for about 3 or 4 miles, but then it gets very boring. I need different things all the time to keep me motivated, whether it’s a new song to add to my playlist, or friendly competition. I run using the Nike App, also, as I mentioned in an earlier post. I have since found a facebook page that allows runners from all over the world a forum to post about anything running, and many use the Nike running app as well. I have about 40 people on my list which has been great motivation to keep me going. Many are way out of my league in that they run far more miles a week, or faster times, etc. But, there is always going to be that in anything I do. It’s nice to see how others are doing. There are challenges you can send to people on your list if you want to compete with someone, etc.
Through using that app I slowly have begun to know some of the people on my list. There are a few who are close to my time, or run approximately the same distance as I throughout the week. It’s great when you see you are so close to passing someone! It gives me the extra incentive I need to push through an extra mile, or go for one more run this week. Which leads me to my next milestone.
I ran my first 10K. I have never run further than 5 miles. I knew I had to run at least 5 miles in order to stay on par with a few people on my app that I was aiming to beat. So, when I ran 5 miles on the treadmill I thought to myself- I have come this far, how can I not run that extra mile to say I finally ran 10K! So, I did. I ran 6.35 miles in an hour and 2 minutes. Which is so awesome for me. I was running 10 minute miles! That is all I have ever wanted to do. In my opinion that is a respectable pace. I am still overweight, and I am in my mid 40’s. I only started running 6 months ago. I know its going to take me at least a year of consistent running to get in the shape I need to be in to feel good out there running more than 6-7 miles. It was such a great feeling anyhow, and yes, it was on the treadmill, which is WAY easier I know. But, I have to start somewhere with adding my distance.
Today I ran outside. I beat my best outside 5K time without really even pushing myself. My goal was to just run and see what the time would be so I can gauge the improvement. I finished in 37 minutes, which again is better than last month. I am steadily improving with each month, about a minute. It’s hard work for me, but again that is what I like about it. No one can run it for you. I have to run it myself. There are no shortcuts, and with steady work, maybe running more than a 10K won’t be as far out of reach as it seems right now. I love it enough to stick with it, and I LOVE following and reading other dedicated bloggers and their journey running. There are different levels of dedication, of course. I tend to like reading the more serious blogs and the Ultra Marathoner’s blogs. It absolutely amazes me there are people with that kind of strength and will. It’s simply inspiring.