Happy Friday! By this time next week, I’ll be jittering nervously at my desk, anticipating the 5K ahead of me.
I can’t believe that 6 weeks of training have already gone by, and I can now run 2.5 miles straight! With all my heart irregularities, asthma, shin splits, etc., I never though I’d be able to say that, much less do it. So this is a big deal for me.
I tried out some ENERGYbits a couple weeks ago to see if they would help me with endurance while running, and the reps were so curious to see how my times improved if I continued using spirulina algae, that they sent me another sample.
I used them on Tuesday’s run, which was 22 minutes straight and a goal of 2 miles. I ate 20 tabs before I left work around 5 pm, and another 10 when I got home. I’ve been running at 6 o’clock on the dot, since that’s what time my race will be.
I was surprised at how well I did on Tuesday, and I almost made it through the whole run without a single cramp. They plague me for some reason, and I still can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Still, it was a relatively successful run, right up until MapMyRun crapped out and wouldn’t save my workout. So here are what I estimate my split times to be:
.25 mile warmup – 5 minutes
mile 1 – 10:50
mile 2 – 10:20
.25 mile cool down – 5 minutes
I’m finally getting into the 10’s, which is exactly where I need to achieve my goal time. However, adding another mile seemed nearly impossible Tuesday. Yesterday, on the other hand, was a different story.
Yesterday’s run was supposed to be 5 minutes warmup, 25 minutes (or 2.5 miles) running, followed by a 5-minute cool down. I ate 30 ENERGYbits 45 minutes before the run, and when it came time to go outside, I had plenty of mental clarity and an intense focus on the task at hand.
I did a lot better yesterday, but around mile 2, I got a cramp and walked for 30 seconds, which is reflected in my time. However, since I started using ENERGYbits, I noticed I can breathe through my cramps and they go away much quicker. The last .5 mile was brutal, but I think if a really slow zombie was chasing me, I could’ve done the whole 5K without walking.
Seeing these numbers is really inspiring, and I wonder if this makes me a runner. I never thought I’d be able to call myself that, but here I am, running 2.5 miles without stopping. Or can I call myself a runner after my first race? Regardless of the title, I am so proud of myself, and this marks a huge milestone in my life. For once, I feel confident in my body the instrument that it is.
For all you runners, what’s your definition of a runner? What’s your biggest milestone to date?