And then I did this…
I realized that after I did that mile challenge at the bootcamp last year, I never attempted to run a mile, and just a mile, again.
Granted, last year I was in between two marathons, so not only I was much more fit, but I was also taking it easy and not killing myself as I had a training run left that night.
But I got my fastest mile to date: 8:43.
So I hopped on the treadmill with one goal: to run a mile at less than a 9 min/mile pace.
And as you can see, I achieved this!
Granted, it’s not the same as the mile challenge, when I had no Garmin with me, was running by feel, had a slight uphill at the first tenth of the mile, and it was all on roads/sidewalks, first thing in the morning.
This time, I set the pace on the treadmill so it did the work for me. I set the elevation at a 0.5 incline so at least it was something, and I admit that at the halfway mark I stopped the damn thing, had a sip of water in the kitchen, blew my nose in the bathroom, then hopped back on. It wasn’t more than a 1 or 2 minute break, but a break nonetheless (but I was considering quitting the whole thing all together, so a break it was).
Yes, it felt a lot harder than the mile I ran last year, since here I am dragging 20 extra pounds around, and my long runs consist of 3 miles, not 20. So I’m proud of myself nonetheless, and hope to attempt a mile challenge once a week or two – see where it takes me.
After all, I can’t run faster if I don’t run faster, right?