This morning I was determined to get up and go for a run. I hadn’t done any form of exercise the 3 previous days because I felt like I was on the verge of getting sick and wanted to get as much rest as possible to avoid illness. (Unfortunately I have been feeling like I am about to get sick for a week and a half. I haven’t gotten sick, thankfully, but neither have I felt completely well.)
I was out the door around 9 a.m. and I was interested in checking distances on a loop that I had mapped out in my head. The day was beautiful, nice and full of sunshine. I started on the loop and I felt pretty good. Not as heavy and slow as I had been feeling lately. I hit the end of mthe loop, checked RunKeeper and discovered that my loop was almost 2 miles exactly. Nice! I was hoping for a loop that was either 1 1/2 or 2 miles long. Score! Now I have some place to go run where I don’t have to constantly be checking RunKeeper for my distance.
I had already planned on running at least 3 miles, so I thought “What the heck?! I am going to run 4 miles today!” and off I went on another loop. This may not be a big deal to most people but the only time I have ever run 4 miles before was doing walk/run intervals on the treadmill before. I have never run 4 miles straight. I have never run more than 3.1 miles straight. I have never run 4 miles outside. Until today! I got out there and I did it. I didn’t even think about quitting. I did have to pause 3 times to tie my shoelaces and I did walk for a minute or so right after mile 2 so that I could take off my hoodie and tie it around my waist but other than that I was running.
Check it –
My average pace was 11 min./mile. I’m not fast but I am okay with that! 11 min./mile may not impress some but I am happy with it. I started out running a 12 min./mile pace so this is improvement.
Here are my splits:
I am really proud of those first 2 miles. I would really like to get under a 10 min./mile pace. I am really working on it.
I am proud that I ran 4 miles today. I am proud that I was able to maintain a decent pace for all 4 miles. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and working hard to improve my running ability.
In non-running news, recently I completed a commissions for a friend. Earlier this year I made this top.
Well, my friend liked the top and requested one for herself. I was happy to oblige! She also wanted a necklace to match said top, so I made her this as well:
Both items are on their way to their new home now. Hopefully she loves them!