Thanks entirely to My Husband the Math Minor (and longtime runner) I now have the formula for figuring out the speed I need to set the treadmill to for training to run my races within a particular time goal!
And this morning I ran my (treadmill) 5K in 34:30!
I also decided that for this Saturday’s race my strategy is to line up towards the front of the pack of runners rather than placing myself near the back. I’m doing this for two reasons: 1) To put myself in a position where I am surrounded by people I have to push to ‘keep up with’; and 2) To eliminate the temptation to ‘fall back’ into the walkers which has me slacking off but still feeling like “Hey! I’m ahead of That Guy” which really isn’t fulfilling what I can actually do pace-wise.
As I said on Facebook, I’m certain there’s a life lesson in there somewhere. And there is.
Running has done far more for me than enhancing fitness. It has impacted my attitude about most things I do in life as well as making me realize just how far short I have sold myself in the effort I put forth in life in general. I am generally not a person to live a fear based life, but I also don’t always push myself as far as I could in every area of my life. I don’t shy away from things, but I also often default to doing just enough of a thing to say “See? I did it anyway!” then stop with having done it.
Four months ago, when I started the running training program that turned me into A Runner I did it despite every ounce of conventional wisdom on the planet that screamed “This is an idea of epicly bad proportions Julianne!” I mean I’m middle-aged, overweight, out of shape, and this thing started in the hottest part of one of the hottest summers in recent memory. I was destined to fail. Or die. Or die failing. But I didn’t. I pushed myself and accomplished something I have never done before. Which led to wanting to do that thing I’d never done before a little bit better the next time.
And that desire, that drive, has begun to extend itself into every area of my life.
Some things you can compartmentalize.
Apparently desire, drive, and determination are not some of those things.
I suppose they call it SELF improvement for a reason, huh?