Pause to celebrate

by Kim on April 2, 2013

Goal update!!

7-minute mile: boom.

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For some reason, I thought I’d be able to just hop on the treadmill one day and wing this, using the “go as fast as possible” strategy.

Yeahhh, maybe not.

Like I mentioned yesterday, Attempt #1 didn’t exactly go as planned. I ended up missing the 7-minute mark by 15 whole seconds, and was totally baffled by it.

Lesson learned: speed training works better when you have a plan.

So, for Attempt #2, I actually did my homework.

To complete a 7-minute mile, you need to keep a pace of about 8.57 mph. I can handle short bursts of sprinting, but longer stretches of fast (for me) running still intimidate me, so I thought I’d be better off breaking it up into intervals.

Here was the plan I decided on:

7 Minute Mile

As you can see, the idea was to come out strong in the beginning, take a break in the middle, and finish hard.

Average pace = 8.714 (for good measure).

And—who woulda thought!—the math didn’t lie, and it worked.

In addition to accomplishing my goals, I’m also trying to do better at celebrating reaching my goals before creating new ones. So…HURRAAAAYYY!

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How was that? Good enough? Ok, good.

Now! On to goal #2: the 25-minute 5K.

I have a feeling this one’ll be a little harder. A 25-minute 5K = roughly 8 minute miles, or 7.5 mph. Doable, but again, I’m nervous about running 7.5 for that long, so I’ll probably sit down and interval it out, at least for the first few attempts.

In other news, look who got his first pair of big boy shoes!

20130401_132035Don’t his eyebrows look kind of Spock-ish here? Ha!

Since babies can’t tell you how well things fit, I went with the wide widths for purely selfish reasons: they’re way easier to get on.

Mason has his 1-year doc appointment (complete with shots) later today, and I’m NOT excited. Besides the shots, I feel like I’m going to get in trouble for the fact that he’s not eating solids very well yet. Erghh.

Oh, and one more piece of breaking news: I took the plunge and switched to my summer purse. I just couldn’t look at my sad, black (much smaller) winter purse anymore. Which means—that’s right—it’s now officially summer!!

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You’d think I’d have taken the opportunity to go through the contents during the swap, but nope, I just dumped it all from Purse A to Purse B. Those stray bobby pins and crumpled movie tickets are safe for another 6 months, at least.

That’s it for now!

What’s the last goal you accomplished?

What screams IT’S SUMMER to you?

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Caroline Thomas April 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Great Run! I need to try too.
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Larissa April 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

NICE!! Geez, I’m no where near a 7:00 min mile. My sprint is probably closer to 8 on a good day, 8:30 on an average day. And then I’d be toast. Way to break your goal down and make it happen!

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Amy @ Writing While Running April 2, 2013 at 6:43 am

Awesome! Good work. I am going to have to use that and make myself run a 7 min mile. 10 mph on the treadmill looks so scary, but if its only for a minute, I think I can do it.
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Kim April 2, 2013 at 7:44 am

The last minute was definitely the hardest! But it helped that I was SO close and SO eager to make it happen.

If you’re not comfortable with the 10, you could go 8 for mile 6 and 9 for mile 7, and still make it. I just really wanted that 7.5 “break” at 6. (HA, because 7.5 is such a break.)

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