The Mile Challenge…

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?


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10 responses to “The Mile Challenge…

  1. Parabéns querida!! Hoje corri pela terceira vez depois de um longo período adormecida. É bom demais!

  2. congrats on meeting your challenge! I like the idea of the one mile only challenge! my fastest only-one-mile to date is something like 9:06, which is amazing for me! 😀

  3. Lenka

    Go Carla! You can do it! You’ll be running 20 miles in no time 🙂

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