June 27, 2011

Sub-10

This is the only week of nothingness between the end of the Spring Fever Challenge and the beginning of summer's Beat The Heat Challenge, so a little update on my summer bucket list.

I haven't done too much just yet: I've been running and biking, but June will certainly not be my Ironman month. I lost my inspiration for a painting I started a couple weeks ago. I found some cute owl stickers, so I'll be writing a letter to my sister Lisa this week (she's owl-obsessed).

The best thing I accomplished this past week? Working towards my sub-30 5k. I did a medium-long run down by the lake the other night - 5 miles. It was an oddly chilly day - chilly enough that I wore one of my long-sleeve tech shirts! But it was perfect for running, and I could feel that it was going really well. I was totally loving life and feeling fantastic, and just ran the heck out of those paths. The results?


Holy smokes! A sub-10 minute mile pace?! Incredible. I could feel that the third mile was pretty slow but the first and fifth were fast enough that it evened out like this. I timed the last half-mile alone and it was 4:36 - unbelievable, really. I think it may have been a fluke - I'm not sure I could replicate this, at least not right away. I was definitely riding on the adrenaline high of a good morning that day, and it pushed me faster than I've ever gone before. We'll see what my next long run has in store for me.

I need a 9:39 pace to finish a 5k in under half an hour, so there's still much work to be done, but I'm certainly very optimistic about the sub-30 5k goal. This was nearly two miles longer than a 5k race will be - a shorter distance means I could push myself a little harder for speed.

I have an 8k coming up on the 14th, but no other races scheduled. So I need to register for a 5k soon and get some practice on a timed course!

What about you? What are your summer goals? What have you worked on this past week that you're proud of?

9 comments:

Jessica said...

AWESOME RUNNING :)

Ann said...

Great job, Mary! You are getting SO FAST!

Christina said...

Dang, speedy!!! 9:50 for a five-mile training run? You could definitely run a sub-30 5k race right now. You are doing fantastic!!!

CarolineC said...

Wahoo! So inspiring!!!

timothy said...

go speed racer go! that's fabulous!

Kelly said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I've been skimming through your posts and can't wait to follow along with you on the last leg of your journey!!!

Denise said...

I know you can do it! You are doing great!

I did a 22 min mile on the treadmill tonight. That makes me very proud. When I started I was doing 26-28 minute miles.

anewertammy said...

Wow Mary, I am so impressed! You are a 147 lbs thinner and running like the wind.

MaryJo said...

An under-10-minute mile? I doubt I could even bike a 10 minute mile ;-) Keep up the EXCELLENT progress!