This week I ran 21 weeks. According to my RunKeeper app, this is the most number of miles I’ve ever run in a week. Why 21 miles?
Well apparently I can’t do the appropriate running math required to get to 20 miles.
Let’s start from the beginning of the week. This week is the first time the temperatures have been above 30 degrees in the morning so I rounded up my 4:45am running buddies to get in some miles before work. During the work week, I need to get on the road by 6:30am and that means I need to get up early and get my runs in.
Looking back over my runs from when I first started running around 2012-2013, I noticed while I have improved my ability to run further by completing three half-marathons. However, I have not improved my speed.
I run between a 11-13 minute/mile pace. And have been for a while. My current goal is for me to get faster. Faster for me means to consistently run a 10-11 minute/mile pace.
To accomplish this goal, I want to push myself more while running, to be uncomfortable while running. Tuesday was the first day of my next training program:
We start off each training program with a time trail to break us up into groups based on our paces. After a short warm-up we headed out on a 5k time trail.
I pushed myself as much as I could during the time trail and still managed to finish basically last.
At least I managed to smile.
Wednesday was our first early morning run. 2 simple miles. I run a lot slower in the dark, I don’t want to trip and fall.
Thursday, I was like 2 minutes late meeting my running group so I chased them to catch up. Which is why I ran the mile in 10:07. I promptly crashed and burned after that and could barely finish the run. Way to go Sana.
Friday morning run included some negative splits! 3 mile before 5:30am is pretty impressive for me.
And on Saturday I set out to round up to 20 miles for the week. I wanted to run with as many people as possible so I ended up with a Run-Barre-Run day.
Me inside of a waterfall!
And since I can’t add miles, I ended up with 21 miles for the week!! Silly Sana!
Also, I thew in a few 10 something miles in this week. That is super impressive for me. They were hard miles and I crashed after that. 1 year ago, I set my 1/2 marathon PR and this year I am not able to run 13 miles but I have a different goal. Hopefully, I will be able to consistently run 10-11 min/mile.
What are your current running goals? How many miles do you run per week?