Monday, September 20, 2010

I Did It! (Almost)

I'm still hoping to run my first road-race, and it's next month. You'd think I'd run more than once a week if I were really serious about this, but you'd be wrong ;) I just want to finish in under 40 minutes, and if I can do that once before race-day, then off I'll go!

I figured I'd try to pace myself this time by figuring out where each of the 4 miles ends and checking my time at each point. I ended up running 11 minute-miles pretty consistently, and then wimped out and walked the last quarter of a mile. I really wanted to finish, but the last half-mile is ALL uphill, and I just couldn't pull it off.

But I did get farther than last time, so I'm moving in the right direction, correct?

It was 99 degrees here today, and I'm so sick of this heat, but I think I may give it another try on Wednesday...perhaps it'll only hit 95?

If you run, have you noticed much of a difference in your pace or endurance as you've lost weight? I need hope here folks :)


  1. Hope you reach your goal and run the race! Good for you.

  2. I saw your comment the other day about your 11 min/mile pace and being slow. That is not slow. I was there just a few short years ago. You're doing it and that's what matters. Also congrats on getting further than you did last time. and in 99 deg weather too. That's smokin hot.

    Yes, I did notice a marked improvement in pace and endurance as I lost weight, for sure. There is lots of hope. Keep up the training and you'll improve. If you can get out there more days a week you'll probably see improvement faster, but either way, just keep at it and it will come.

  3. Don't let your pace prevent you from racing! If I did that, I would never run a race. I'm a snail hoping to be a turtle - ha! I'm lucky to get a 13 minute mile, but still I run. I think each race is about trying to do better - whether it's better form or a better time or maybe it's just running the whole thing outright (versus walking). Believe it or not, I am much slower when running the entire distance versus doing a run/walk combo. Just be proud of yourself for any accomplishment you make because running is no joke - it's hard work and any improvement you make is an achievement and you should be so proud of yourself! I'm proud of you!!! =)