Oh! Hello!

First I have to say that everyone in the Virginia Beach community is incredibly lucky tonight (and I hope it stays that way). I’m so thankful that no one has been reported as deceased due to the plane crash today

About an hour before the plane crashed, I decided to try out my new method of sneaking in runs during the work week that won’t interfere with my family time: lunch break runs. I get 30 minutes (with some flexibility) for my lunch break. Since I travel around the city for my work, I can plan my day to be in a good running location near lunch time. Today I had nothing of importance on my afternoon work schedule, so I knew I wouldn’t mind being a little stinky/sweaty going into the last half of my work day.

30 minute lunch break = 2 mile run

I was right by my house today, so I stopped of at my house, changed clothes, grabbed the dog, and set off on a 2 mile loop. My game plan for today’s run was to start slow and finish strong. I wanted to focus on my running position. I have established the horrible habit of looking down while I’m running. I focus on the what is directly in front of me, and I don’t look ahead. Today I kept my head up and my eyes forward.

The first time I glanced down at my watch, I saw a 10! My first thought: So much for starting of slow. Revise Plan. Run one mile in the 10s, and run home at whatever pace I could maintain. When my watch beeped for the first mile, I had run a 10:30 mile. Oh my goodness! I was excited! Not only was I in the 10s, but I was a good minute faster than my run on Monday. Revise Plan Again. Hang onto 10 as long as you can. When I looked down at my watch again, I was still in the 10s. I was also running fast than my first mile. At this point, I knew I had another 10ish minute mile in me. I just had to keep running. My watch beeped again. 10:21. Oh my goodness! I was more than excited! I had just a short stretch until I got home, so I gave it all I had. Another .15 at a pace of 9:52. Not only did I run my entire run in the 10s, I had held onto my original plan. I finished stronger than I started.

Today’s Run:

Mile 1: 10:30

Mile 2: 10:21

Final .15: 9:52 pace

Total: 2.15 miles in 22:25 @ a pace of 10:25

And the best part of the run is that I finished knowing I could have pushed further and ran more if I had the time.Okay. Not Really. The best part of the run was feeling like I had my running legs back. I finally felt like I was running.

I’ve signed up for the Elizabeth River Run 10k at the end of May. I’m going to make myself a flexible training plan that includes lunch break runs and weekend long runs. Two miles during lunch is a heck of a lot better than no running at all. Sorry to all of you that I work with on a daily basis. My hair will be in a pony tail on some afternoons, and I might be a little smelly for a few hours. In return for the smell and sloppy look, I promise I will be extra upbeat.

Yes Sara. This is your shirt. I just found it in my drawer. Sorry!

Remember on Monday when I said that I just knew 10s where right around the corner? I had no idea I would see them on my next run. I took over a minute off my pace. Yes! I was smiling ear to ear when I finished today’s run!

This sweet baby turned 3 months old yesterday! Stay tuned for his 3 month photos! I promise to post them this weekend.

Thanks Nicole for the cute bib!

Published by Kristy

Finally made it into my 30s. Life is simple, rewarding, and full of lessons to be learned and goals to achieve.

3 thoughts on “Oh! Hello!

  1. Amazing!! Congrats! I’ve been seeing some 10’s on my garmin, too and I share your excitement! Go us!

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