Me? Running? 2.5 miles???

Last night I headed into Continuum for a 4:45pm class with Coach Nicole. Morning meetings on Wednesday break up my normal 8:30/9:30 schedule, which is actually cool by me. I like breaking up my routine to pop into a mix of classes with our coaches and athletes to keep things fresh and interesting. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, I knew last night’s workout was going to be running. Lots of it. So I really didn’t want to go. However, I know running is still a goat of mine — so I try not to cherry pick when running workouts come up. And I showed up anyway. πŸ™‚

It was me, Drea, Ryan (and his dog Teddy), and another new gal who seems very nice. The new gal rowed. The rest of us ran as night fell.

So here’s the thing. I recently did a mile run because I wanted to know how fast I could run it these days. That was very out of character for me. I grumble about running a lot and for me to do it willingly — on an open gym day no less — was just weird. But I’d been doing 800m stretches more easily and needed to find out. (Spoiler: slightly under a 10 minute mile — surprised me!)

The workout?

  • For time (we actually just noted our fastest round)
  • 5 rounds, each for time, of:
    • Run 800 meters
    • Rest 3 minutes

When I went in last night, I had it in my head that I’d scale a bit right off the bat. That didn’t happen. About round 3, I was going to scale dramatically. That didn’t happen.

I willingly ran 2.5 miles in less than 40 minutes. What the hell is wrong with me? πŸ˜€ This is how my lap times went…

  • 4:27
  • 4:39
  • 5:13
  • 5:29
  • 5:56

Total time: 37:44. Total rest: 12 minutes (4×3). Total running time: 25:44.

Let me point out a few ways I’m surprised by this.

  1. I’ve never run 2.5 miles before.
    1. Sure, we did a few 5k “runs” long ago, but I walked a lot of that and my times were quite long – 40-45 minutes I suspect.
    2. Even with Murph, I have tended to sandbag my runs (or hurt myself during them).
  2. Though I bitched, whined, and complained bitterly about the workout even 24 hours before it happened, I did it.
  3. Though I went in with a scaled option (800, 600, 600, 600, 600) in mind, I stuck with 800m every single round.
  4. Though after round 3, I said I was going to drop to 400s — I kept going with 800m for another two rounds.
  5. I ran the entire first lap without stopping.
  6. I ran nearly the entire second lap without stopping — all but a little uphill chunk (halfway up the hill from Academy to the top of the parking lot by the animal hospital).
  7. And the last three laps got longer and longer as I walked a little more each one, but I continued to *run* each round and never resorted to just walking.
  8. f you look at those first two rounds and eliminate the 3 minute rest, that’s dangerously close to a 9 minute mile (9:06), which is significantly faster than my 9:55 time right after Christmas.

Me. Running. What the heck is this world coming to?

I’m not going to lie and say I felt great when I was done. My body was not very happy with me after all of that pounding. But I did it anyway.

Thanks Nicole and great work everybody!

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