Friday, August 22, 2008

Best run of my life

This morning it was one of those mornings... my alarm went off at 5:45am and I sat there staring at the ceiling, deciding if I was going to make it to the gym or not. I contemplated this for about 10 minutes, and then finally pulled myself out of my nice, warm bed.

I decided to set a goal for myself on the treadmill... run 3 miles without stopping. I know this might not seem like such a huge deal to a lot of you "runners" but I haven't done this since before I got pregnant with Emma. I figured the most important thing was pacing myself and not pushing too hard because then I wouldn't be able to make it the full 3 miles. I started off with pain in my knees but I know my body and once I hit a mile the pains usually go away. As I was running I realized my breathing wasn't labored, my heart rate was down, and I felt a burst of energy I don't normally feel at 6am. I ran the entire 3 miles just under 29 minutes and felt GREAT. I could have gone faster, but wanted to make sure I didn't push too hard and not make it the whole way. At about 2.5 miles I was thinking I would have to slow down, but instead I just concentrated on my breathing and imagining my heart rate was coming down. This really was the best run of my life on a treadmill. Now, why can't all my runs be like that?!!

I haven't lost any weight in two weeks and have been frustrated so today was a welcomed treat. Hopefully I have more runs like the one today. Tomorrow I start running on the road to get ready for my 10K on the 6th. Wish me luck!

7 comments:

Heather M said...

Congratulations! Good luck with your 10K.

The Thornocks said...

you make me sick. I've been trying to get my miles up, but I can't do it very fast and I eventually just start feeling like crap. I can do 2!!! LOL, but even then it's like over 20 minutes. Ugh, I don't think I can do a half marathon. I'm too weak!!!

Chelsea said...

I love reading about your work outs. It is so inspiring and I am looking forward to working out again . Well, not really, but when I read your blog i think that maybe I can.

Emily said...

I am so impressed. I've never liked running at all and challenged myself to a 5k this Thanksgiving. It is giving me motivation to get this baby weight off. However there is no way I could have done it at 6:00!

Darren and Traci said...

That is awesome! Good job. I think running is hard but feels good once you get into it and your body gets the hang of it. I started running after Allie to get out and get some exercise and was running 3miles every night and then just stopped doing it and kick myself all the time for it. I hope to start running again once this baby is born. So maybe I'll catch a race with ya next year. I don't think I'm up for a marathon or even a half but a 10k for sure. Good luck with your 10k on the 6th!!!

Contact Chauncey or Melanie West said...

Yeah Jamie! Good for you, I personally HATE treadmills, and running for that matter.
Have you ever tried step class? If you do it for 2 months and really get good at knowing the steps, it can be a KILLER workout in an advanced enough class,. It is the best thing I have ever done and I miss it terribly!

Adrienne said...

WOW that's this Saturday! you'll do great. Good Luck...I can't wait to hear all about it.