Ran my first continuous mile

I’m starting to realize that I don’t push myself often enough.

I just ran my first continuous mile in 10 minutes 53 seconds – much faster than I thought I could.

I walked and recovered for 90 seconds, then thought, hang on, I think I can do another one. It was even faster! 10 minutes 43 seconds.

I walked, stretched and breathed and thought why not? Ran ANOTHER mile in 11 minutes 33 seconds.

3.2 miles, 3 running, the rest recovery time – all under 36 minutes. Which means I shaved 12 minutes off the 5k I walked/ran in the Triathlon in June.  I didn’t actually have a speed goal – just wanted to be able to run one mile, without stopping.

Like I said, I don’t push myself hard enough, often enough.

Today I did and to prove it I have a blister on my instep and another one on my toe. My back and legs are tight and I am beat. But I did it.  I ran a 5k. It was hard – I had to really push myself.  Not so much physically, though that was part of it. Mostly it was my brain. My brain that wants to set limits and past that “thou shalt not go”.

I felt elated and victorious when I finished. Walking back, singing The Climb at the top of my lungs and then punching the air to Eye of the Tiger. Then I started to feel overwhelmed with something else. I cried a little bit. I came home and got praise and hugs from Fred and Jacob. Fred made me a celebratory cup of tea while I had a soak in the bath.

I think what I was feeling was regret and fear. Not much. Just a tiny bit. Regret that I didn’t realize years ago that all this was within my grasp. That it was up to me to make it happen.

The fear is harder. It sounds boastful to say it out load, but I was feeling fear because if I can do anything, then that means I can make all my dreams come true.

I just have to push a little harder.

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2 thoughts on “Ran my first continuous mile

  1. I stumbled upon your blog chasing tags off mine. I really related to some of your reflections! 🙂 I’ve been using the “Couch to 5k” plan for a little over a month now and realizing – like you pointed out – that running was within my grasp! Keep at it! If you’re interested, my blog is http://iwillrunyet.wordpress.com

    Cheers
    Doug

  2. I thought of the you when we went to North GA to meet Michael’s future in laws. You are the only person I know that has ever dreamed about walking the Appalachian trail. We drove a lot of back roads in GA nad I told Jamie a little bit ofyour story.

    I have always been and continue to be, in awe of you.

    All you dreams, can & will come true!

    That Fred really is a special guy! You are very lucky (as is he)

    G

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