I ran 5.8 miles in 56 minutes today. I was on the treadmill, listening to my tunes, and I just decided to keep running without looking at the clock. Matt told me that runner’s high kicks in around 40-45 minutes; I don’t know if I had that, but I definitely felt I could have kept running some more if I didn’t have to go back to work.
I’m now consistently running the 3.5 miles of my outdoor route at home without stopping, and shaving time off my pace. With the treadmill, I’m adding a hill program or running faster occasionally. As long as I run four days a week, and I don’t skip two days in a row, I make steady progress. I’ve also lost more than 10 pounds in the last five weeks – in addition to running, I’m eating and drinking much less.
I still don’t like running, but I no longer dread it, and I’m really proud after I’ve done it.
Oh, and I retired my first pair of running shoes – after 452 miles over the last two years – and bought a new pair. I’m running about 15 miles a week right now. If I keep it up, I should retire this pair in about six months. Wish me luck!