WOW! Another Perk of ST!!
Monday, March 10, 2014
As those who follow me know, I got seriously into ST last September. I've been a distance runner since 2011 but aside from some initial WL, it didn't do the trick to get me to goal. But I loved running HMs. I loved challenging myself by adding miles. Last summer I actually completed an 18.12 Challenge and a full marathon, as well as several HMs. I had adapted my running to a 4:1 run/walk program and never ran more than 1-2 miles without walking, especially when running outdoors and on hills.
I tend to race in the spring and the fall and I usually take Nov- Jan or Feb off from running, mostly due to the nasty temps and snow conditions in NNY. This year has been no different. I just got back to running a few weeks ago. I'd been running the indoor track but decided this weekend I would brave the weather and get in my first long run of the season. Sunday morning arrived and the temps and wind chills made me want to bag it but since I have my first race at the end of April, I knew I needed to start running outdoors, longer distances and on hills. I sucked it up, bundled up and hit the road. The first 1/2 mile was HORRIBLE! I was frozen and miserable but I decided to run at least 1 1/2 miles before I turned around and headed home. By the time I got to the 1 mile mark, I was feeling a bit better. I decided to keep going. At the two mile mark, I said what the heck and kept going. I hadn't walked a step yet and I decided to continue on and see how far I could actually run, hills included, without walking. FIVE MILES! Hills and all!! I was amazed at my endurance, especially since I hadn't even done a full three miles on the track and I hadn't done more than a mile at a time without walking! And I've NEVER been one to run UPHILL!
But the best part of all is I have ZERO pain today! I pushed my limits and I'm not paying for it! I know I have my lifting and especially my squats to thank for the change in my endurance level. And I'm sure my clean eating helps too.
It took me 68 minutes to run that 5 miles, but I wasn't pushing for speed, just endurance. With the weeks I have left to train, both on the road and in the gym, my increased endurance levels, and the fact that my first race is a relativley flat course, I've decided my goal is to PR it! I ran it last year as the first of two back to back HMs, so I didn't push for extra speed, but since I'm only doing the one race in April this year, I figure I'll go for it! My goal is 2:45. I tend to average around 3 hours so it will be a challenge for sure, but what the heck!
Ok, I've stated my goal, which will keep me accountable. Now I'm off to the gym to continue my training! I'll keep you posted!