17 June 2011

Showed that mile who's boss...

When I first started back to running last fall, I did a timed mile once a month. I started with the first one on Oct 2, 2010  and it took me 8:45. And I was all fired up :)  November's was slower... 8:51... and I was all fired down :(  Then I got faster by December and was able to knock out a mile in 8:17. And I felt smokin' once again.

At that time, I was so very excited to be able to finally run again that there was no thought given to times from the olden days. I was a lot faster in the olden days. Last night's effort made me feel like I can get it back... which is exciting for me.

I went out looking to hit 7:30.

No... I didn't do this at a track. Why would I do it at a track when I live in a perfectly decent gated community with flat streets? I have googlemaps. I know how to add.

I pieced together a 1.0056 mile run on my loopty-loops. The quarters were actually, in order, 0.252, 0.249, 0.252 and 0.252. I had intermediary one-eighths plotted out... they were approximate, but I adjusted the desired split accordingly. And because it wasn't like on a track where you want to hit the same thing each time you come around, I wrote the splits I needed down on my hand (wish I had gotten a pic of that).

For example, I needed to hit the first manhole cover around the corner in 57.6 seconds and get to the mailbox post for the seventh house on the next block over 55.8 seconds after that (my first quarter... aiming for 1:53.4). The stop sign by the pool marked the next quarter... I totally screwed up the one-eighth mark in my calculations and got way bummed out by the "one-eighth split" time :P But I know that stop sign marked the half! This may sound really confusing and like a lot of work, but it really helps prevent my mind from wandering and takes the focus off how hard it all is.

While the first half was ever so slightly slower than my target, my third quarter rocked! Entering that final quarter, I closed my eyes for a second and almost got hit by a car. Oooops. Then as I came alongside the pool, I felt a thickness welling up from my belly into my ribcage. No! No! No! I kicked the pace up a notch for those last 20 seconds and only barfed a little bit into the back of my throat. I swallowed it.




Very similar-sounding to body measurements... but not quite the same... 7:24.37.

With negative splits :)


I think I effectively tricked myself!

I was really working hard...
look how red my face is and how messy my hair is... 
too bad you can't smell me cuz then you'd really know how hard I worked...
but you can see right up my nose... all clean!

this was waiting for me...

"you're kidding..."

Cleaning the kitchen was not what I was wanting to do.
So I didn't.


  1. Yay!! You killed it! And I love you for not cleaning the kitchen. Also for those pictures, but mostly for not cleaning the kitchen. :)

  2. Awesome! I've been working so hard on endurance that I haven't thought about doing a few timed miles along the way. You're mental run sounds like mine...once I cross that street it's 1/2 mile, the end of the fence line is the first mile, the apartment complex driveway is the second mile... I could easily time my splits with my landmarks :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. That is RAD!! You kicked that mile right in the face!!

  4. Congratulaitons, how great!! I love that you posted pictures of your kitchen!!! And, I too am glad you did'nt clean the kitchen!!

    I wanted to mention that about a month ago I found a great networking site, VoiceBoks.com I don't know if you are into that kind of thing, but it is really a great community of moms that I love. The blogs are great and so are the women you would fit in so well, if you get a minute ( which I know you have sooo much free time) check it out. Have a great weekend, I always love to visit your site, and, by the way, you look beautiful!!! Very impressed!!!

  5. that is fast
    really fast
    the kitchen....who cares? right?

  6. 30+ second improve since December is hug congrats

    As for your question, the techinque i used was coasting, standing, hips way back and just released in the shorts

  7. Hi!
    Yeah fo
    r you for Doing the mile and NOT doing the dishes!

    those dang dishes! why are they messin' up our fun??;-)

    Happy Friday!

    and look how big your blog is growing. holy cow girl! that is so fantastic. Happy Friday!

  8. Smart to plan the splits in a mike timed trial. I'm gonna do that next time. And for the next 5k timed trial too.

  9. Remember Kelly from Long Beach? She did a timed mile last night too....

  10. Wow, after all that work you deserved a fast time.

  11. well done super mama!! Woot woot! I love your kitchen...looks like mine and makes me feel loads better. :) I agree with giraffy...totally rad!

  12. I think I see cleavage in that last shot.

  13. You and I have opposite hair, mine goes flat as a pancake in humidity!

    I came home from that little 100-mile bike ride I did Sunday to a garage full of garage sale crap that was suppose to be boxed up while I was gone for 9 hours. Nope, not a thing. Words were flying....I love it when I get on a warpath!! :)

  14. That's a great mile! I should try a timed run to get my speed up. I feel like I'm in a rut with the same time run after run.

  15. I can relate with the messy kitchen. And WOW!! Awesome times!! You rock, girl!


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