When I was in highschool, though I was fit, I could hardly run two (slow) laps around the field without getting chest pains and keeling over. I have always wanted to be a runner but never took steps to attain the goal beyond verbally stating it. When I was in my late 20′s I set the bold goal (bold for non-runner me) of running a marathon by the time I was 30.
Then I realized how far a marathon was.
And how close 30 years old was.
Well, now at over30yearsold, I have been inspired by my friend who is running her half off, training for a half marathon. And doing awesome, I might add! So, now I’m training for a half marathon myself! I’m not sure I’m actually going to do the half marathon, but I want to train for it and know that I can run one.
Yesterday a 5 miler was on the training schedule. And not only did I complete it – I felt great doing it! It’s the fathest I’ve ever run before. Huge hills. I went 5.09 mi (yes, I do want accolades for the .09 mi extra) and did it in 51:25 minutes with an average pace of 10’06″! This was the end of my second week of training! I know some of you may be thinking 5 miles is nothing and a pace of 10′ is lame, however I am so proud of myself because I started out two weeks ago at an average pace of about 12′ per mile and that was for a 2 mile run with only one average hill. I don’t have a running partner but my Nike GPS app is my running partner and it’s awesome. It records all my stats so I can track myself and compete against myself. In order to keep to my training schedule, I have even gone out running occasionally with Madam Poopsalot (who is now 20 lbs) in the single Bumbleride stroller. I have always seen myself as a slow
runner person who sometimes runs. Now I am becoming a runner and I’m proud of myself!
And this brings us to the title of this post…
About midway into my run, I passed a snail. About 3 miles later I passed the same snail. Mr. Snail had only gone about 1/2 a foot in his journey, while I had run 3 miles during that time. So, it’s official, I am now faster than a snail. Wooohooo!