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Running Improvements!

I've been running pretty regularly for the last 6 months now.  I'm working on distance, speed and endurance.  It is very exciting to notice myself improving with each passing week!  

When I first got back into running, I was happy if I ran 3 or 4 miles.  Now the distance for a "normal run" is 8 miles!  Longer distances are definitely becoming more do-able for me. 

My speed is also improving.  I shaved 3 minutes off of my 8 mile run today!  (ran it in 65 minutes)  My "normal pace" is right around 8:20 min miles.  It is fun to feel myself getting faster.  

Endurance is a biggie for me- and I believe that it is totally a mind game.  Up until a few weeks ago I had to stop every 2 miles or so to take a drink of water, walk, or just to mentally gear up for the next 2 miles.  It took me a long time to get over the mental block and keep running after 2, 3, 4 and now 8 miles!  It is very empowering to know that I can now run a full 8 miles without stopping.  

My next big hurdle is another long run- this time 18 miles. (to prepare for my May 27th marathon)  I think the hardest part about this run will be finding the time to do it!  :)   

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smurfette75 wrote 73 months ago:
congratulations!! you are a runner!! I have to start working on my distance now...
tawny9753 wrote 73 months ago:
I was a runner in High School, but my knees no longer cooperate. I didn't like the running itself, that was torture, I liked the feeling of accomplishment after the run or the time to think while on the run.
acciomuscles wrote 73 months ago:
You are so speedy! I would love to run a sub-9:00 mile someday. I usually average 10:30 pace on long runs. I am running my first half marathon on the day of your full! You rock!

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