This post is not about 26 miles.
It's about 26 minutes.
Actually, it's about 26:04.
Yes, you read that correctly.
For what? you might ask.
Not for 2 miles (those days are long gone.)
Not for 2.5 miles either.
But for a solid 3 miles.
On a course that I run all the time.
And that's the fastest I've ever run it (or, according to Pearl...the fastest I've ever jogged it).
And I did it with 26Marathons.
And we chatted most of the time.
And I did feel some fading there towards the end. But, I think, had I known that I was so close to breaking the 26 minute mark, I wouldn't have been fading. I'm sure of that. But I was never really breathing that heavy. I got a small cramp in my right side. But that happens at a 10 min pace. I just couldn't believe it when I stopped my watch.
And while I was basking in the glory of my accomplishment (ie, rehydrating, stretching, etc) I thought to myself: "Self, you know what you are capable of. So why do you keep making all of these excuses?" (Thankfully my self didn't respond outloud or I would have really thought maybe I ran too fast.)
But it has got me to thinking about this. If I can run at an average pace of 8:41 (and not die) than I can surely run faster than that. And of course I started getting way ahead of myself and thinking about running a 3 hour marathon...qualifying for Boston...becoming an ultramarathoner. (note: when I dream, I dream BIG). But, then I landed back on my 26:04 cloud and realized that with preperation (mental and physical) I might can break the 26 minute mark on my 5k this Saturday. Or at the very least I know that I can PR on Saturday and I'm okay with that.
I can't believe that the first time I ran this same 3 mile stretch almost 2 years ago, my pace averaged about 13:30. And less than 2 years later, my pace has decreased by almost 5 minutes. And that's without really trying (because who am I kidding...I know I could do more). What will the next 2 years bring me (besides a Masters Degree, a CPA certification, and a new last name!)???
On a side note, I've got a birthday coming up in a week or so. And last night I was thinking it's too bad that I didn't prepare for this, but wouldn't it be cool to run my age? Next year I'll be ready.
Join me on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 for a 32 mile run!
How cool does that sound????
Have a great day!
For the record my splits were: