Monday, May 28, 2007

Slow and steady gets faster

I was entering my run on tonight and looking at my distance and time. I was kind of shocked to see that this month, I've run 61 miles. That seems like a ton. At one point in my life I thought it would be impossible to run, now I have a goal of running a marathon, and of having a 100 mile training month. Next year I may add a goal of 1,000 miles in the year.

I also noticed my pace, and thought, "that looks faster", so being a nerd I found a pace calculator and figured it out. I am averaging 11:28 a mile this month,, while it was only 11:34 last month. That may not look like a lot, but those 6 seconds a mile are huge when it comes to running a marathon. This month, my pace would put me finishing a marathon in 5:00:38. Last month would have averaged me 5:03:15. I would love for my first marathon to be under 5 hours. I'm excited that even though I'm adding more distance, and pushing myself beyond my limits, I'm also finding the strength to push harder. I'm off to bed so I can get a good night sleep before starting tomorrow off with another run.