Last night I started doing intervals that are designed to increase my speed and decrease my overall race time. It went well and now that I’ve done the hill/endurance regimen and the speed/endurance regimen once each I can really see how this whole thing is going to come together.
The current short-term goal is to finish our November 5th race at or under 35 minutes.
The longer short-term goal is to finish the December 3rd at or under 30 minutes.
The good news is I am beginning to get a feel for what I have to do in order to make that happen.
The better good news is that I am now running my entire workouts without slowing down/stopping to walk.
And the best good news is that this whole Runner’s Mindset is beginning to pervade other areas of my life.
Just like I want to improve my time and performance in a race, I am finding myself increasingly discontent having to “stop and walk” in other areas of my life. I want to keep moving in everything.
Just like I have learned that in running there is preparation necessary in many areas – gear, ‘fueling the machine’, adequate sleep, understanding the mechanics of what it takes to improve performance – I am finding myself less inclined to just “jump into things” without doing the homework and lining up the tools and resources necessary.
Just like I have gone from “Oh, just running 5Ks is enough for me” to “I want to run a half marathon”, I am finding myself wanting to “up my game” in other involvements I have.
I have had the thought, and said to other runners (other runners – I love saying that), numerous times that “Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other”. And it is. I can’t quite quantify what all that is at the moment, but I know it is so.