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I'm Stoked!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This December I decided to take a chance and do something that is generally considered a rookie mistake for runners. I ran at least six miles every day alternating between two routes for thirty consecutive days. Every run was downhill out uphill back. I didn't kill myself. The challenge was to get it done.

Today I was in my first race of the year and it was in the rain although it was ridiculously mild for the date. I didn't know if my unconventional running schedule at the end of 2013 would help me or hurt me. Because it was raining I kept my Garmin GPS under my sleeve once it was started and did not check it during the race. When I got home and uploaded it to Strava.Com . If you Bike or run regularly, Strava worth joining and like SparkPeople, it is free.

Anyway, the reason I'm stoked is because the Strava analysis said I had my personal best times in every standard distance within a 6.2 mile race starting with 400 meters and ending with 10K. I have been trying to break an 8 minute mile for quite a while and I finally did. Once before I hit it right on the nose, but not seeing the time start with a 7 was was disappointing. So anyway, I'm not bragging. Most of the other runners were faster than me, but I am excited and I'm not sore. There are three more races in this series, and I don't think I gave this one a maximum effort, so I'm really looking forward to the chance to kill it again.

There are four more distances where I got a personal record but they were in a different frame.
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    Congrats to breaking your personal best!
    Under 8 min/mile is freaking fast for me.
    I'm glad you finished your streak of 6-mile runs with good results and without any injuries.
    2448 days ago
    Way to go! It's great when the scary gamble strategy turns out to work well. I think I'll be not quite following in your footsteps, as the half marathon training I've signed up for will call for running 5 days a week. I've been scared to do that for a long time, but perhaps it will work with some professional structure to it.
    2448 days ago
    Cheers & Woo Hoos to pushing your limits higher & higher!

    2448 days ago
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