One of my favorite types of blog posts to read from others are the ones about working out, mostly because I find them inspiring and get lots of ideas for work outs of my own. I attribute most of my running progression to reading posts from other bloggers who run, so I thought I’d write a post about where I’m at with running now and where I’d like to be!
I do not consider myself a serious runner by any means. I do it because I would honestly rather just run, be outside, and listen to music than be inside using weights and machines. I always feel the best after running, physically and mentally. I’m not super fast or competitive (well, maybe a little, but not enough to go out and train as hard as others), but I do enjoy pushing myself and staying on a running schedule. I’m not always the best at sticking with the schedule, but when I do, I notice a huge difference in stamina and speed.
The past couple weeks, I’ve been running three days a week. I’ll run 2 miles one week day, 3 miles another, and on Saturday I’ll run 5. Just from one week to another, I noticed a performance difference, and it felt really good! I was seeing improvement by pushing myself a little but not too much (I’m really afraid of shin splints. I’ve had them before and they hurt!), which is the way I like it.
I’d honestly be happy to stay around 10 min/mile. I look at others’ posts showing how fast they run, and it’s crazy to me what people are capable of! For me, though, I feel like I’m in good shape if I can run 10 minute miles. We’ll see if I can ever get anywhere below that number on those longer runs.
Right now, I’m training for a half marathon in May. I signed up for it before the new year, hoping to kick myself into gear. I’ve run two half marathons before. The first at an average pace of about 10:30/mile, and the second was about 12:00/mile I think. I’m really hoping to stay around the 10:00/mile range for this upcoming half marathon. I’m training smarter this time than last time I think, so I’m going to try to keep up with it and see where it takes me.
If you’re a runner, comment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.