i was talking to another runner the other day about how on earth i can possibly ever get past the 5K (3.1 mile) mark in running. because although i don’t need to fall over and lay on the ground after a 5K and i actually feel pretty great when i’m done, i still can’t:
a/ run the entire 3.1 miles. and…
b/ possibly think of running more than 3.1 miles at a time!
this person was wise in pointing two things out to me:
a/ just 6 months ago, i could barely run one lap around the high school track. and now i’m running/walking the equivilant of 12 laps every time i do a 5K. and…
b/ when training, you’re supposed to s-l-o-w-l-y add to your mileage. afterall, marathon runners don’t run the marathon automatically without training.
over the past few months, i’ve been reading posts by other bloggers-who-run, and i’d notice that they’d post their times would either stay relatively the same (by a few seconds) or they’d improve their 5K time and move onto bigger, harder races. my experience has not been this so far.
although running has gotten easier for me, i have yet to feel that running a 5K is a piece of cake. because they’re still really hard to run! for me, i have to work really, really, really hard to get better at this. and there are so many moments in a race, so many moments in my weekly runs, so many moments through this running experience when i just want to give up and quit. life would be so much easier without all this pushing myself, right?
but then i read this: you will only regret the runs you don’t do.
so, to get over last week’s (disappointing) 5K, i was back out on the pavement again this week: a 3 mile run on wednesday (i re-ran the 5K course from last week), and a 2-mile run this morning (in my neighborhood…with HILLS. that go UP!). i’m pushing even harder than before, and slowly, ever-so-slowly adding more mileage to my runs. which right now is trying to do an entire 3.1 without stopping to walk.
in august, i had a goal to run two more 5Ks before the weather turns. i’ve done that goal…and now i’m itchy to add to that goal. so i’m planning another 5K before christmas. after this next mini-goal, i’ll add miles to my runs. and eventually, i’ll be able to say, “yeah, i ran that entire 5K/10K/half marathon.”