For several weeks now, I’ve been pushing myself to increase my running speed, particularly during my weekday runs. With my weekend runs focused on distance, I’ve been trying to push myself as hard as possible to run a sub-31 minute 5k during my twice a week weekday runs. While this may not seem speedy to some, I’ve been struggling to run below a 10:00 minute per mile pace, and pushing myself to run a sub-31 minute 5k seemed like a realistic goal given that my training plan calls for weekday runs to be around 30 minutes.
Some days, I’ve stepped onto the treadmill with a very positive mindset, telling myself that I could conquer this goal. On those days, I pushed myself as hard as I could, and focused on telling myself that I could complete my run with only a single one minute walk break. On several days, I came very close to breaking 31 minutes.
Some days, I’ve stepped onto the treadmill completely exhausted, knowing that the fact that I made it to the gym was an accomplishment in and of itself. On those days, speed hasn’t been my focus, but rather just completing a 30 minute run has been my immediate focus and goal.
On Tuesday when I stepped onto the treadmill, I felt incredibly confident that it was the day that I would push myself to complete a sub-31 minute 5k. As I neared the 1.55 mile mark, which is usually around when I take my one minute walk break, I felt really good and felt as though I could push myself to not have to walk. I kept telling myself that I could do it.
And I did it.
I know that running is 90% mental and 10% physical, and Tuesday evening’s run proved just that. I continuously told myself that I could push myself to not have to walk, and I did exactly that. As my run continued on, I slowly increased the speed on the treadmill to a speed that I used to only be able to sprint at.
Tuesday evening’s run is evidence that my persistence and hard work is paying off. Going forward, I’ll be reminding myself of the milestone that I reached on Tuesday as I push myself to become an even faster runner.
QOTD: What recent milestones have you reached?