I want to be a better runner. I want to become a faster runner.
Confession # 1: I have not RUN more than 13.1 miles at a time since February.
Confession #2: I have not RUN more than a 5k since May. (I say RUN because I have walked more than that when we were on vacation in NC.)
Confession #3: I was using excuses why I couldn't wake up early to run.
But since talking to my runner friends I've learned a few things:
Thing #1: To become a better runner, I have to run.
Thing #2: To become a faster runner I have to run with people faster than me.
I sat down with myself and had a pep talk. It went something like this:
"Jenny, you lost more than 200lbs. You gave birth at home. You attended graduate school full-time while having 3 kids under the age of 3. You CAN wake your ass up early and RUN."
I made the commitment to myself that I WOULD DO IT! And that's one thing about me. Once I commit to doing something, I do it. I joined a run group to help keep me accountable and to provide me with the support and motivation to become a better, faster runner.
I set my alarm for 5am, but woke up at 4:56. I watched the news last night and it was projected to be raining and after a late night run group chat we decided if it was raining we wouldn't run.
So...I'm up, I open my patio door and I hear rain. I text the running group and say "it's raining, I'm not coming." I was bummed and left like I had failed myself. My dog came up to me put his head in my lap and just looked at me. So I opened the door again, and this time walked outside and you know what? IT WASN'T RAINING!! What I was hearing was the sound of water running off my roof on to my outside patio. I immediately texted the group and said I AM ON MY WAY!! I quickly changed, and was out the door.
And I made it. And I did it!
PROOF!! This is me with Denise from RunDMT. She did sprint work, so we only ran a cool down 1/4 mile together. I ran with another friend and we just ran. Ran and talked. It was nice. It was the first time E.V.E.R. that I ran WITH someone. I liked it.
Yes, my Bondi Band says "Will Run for Beer." In the early AM it should say "Will Run for Coffee."
Thoughts: I liked getting out early and running. Yes, it was hot. Yes, it started raining while we were running. Yes, I got bugs in my mouth. But I had fun and for me, exercise needs to be FUN!
We ran 2.28 miles total. Not a huge amount of mileage, but it's a start and we averaged between an 11-12 minute mile.
I will get faster. I will get better. #IWILL
Came home and had a lovely breakfast of sweet potato hash, hard boiled egg, avocado and banana peppers. It was good, and it was filling. And then I had a date with my foam roller.
Talk to me about your running. How did you become better, faster? How long did it take before you saw improvements?