Running toward the next goal

Noah_ColumbiaLast time I posted I told you how I made my goal of 2.5 miles in under 30 minutes for the second time. Since I made that twice I decided work toward my next goal which is 2.75 miles in under 30 minutes. I was inspired to bump up to the next goal while I was watching the Wando High School Cross Country team run at a meet last Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina. Wando collectively has one of the top group of runners in the state both varsity and junior varsity combined. This picture is my son coming into the final straight. He’s the one in the white shirt and maroon shorts. He and the boy next to him flat out sprinted like they were running a 200 meter dash down the final straight away but it was at the end of 3.1 miles! That is awesome to watch.

My daughter has her first cross country meet of the season with her team, the Mount Pleasant Track Club tomorrow. Her race is 1.8 miles and she can smoke me. It would be really nice to be able to jog with my kids so I need to step up my game.

Todays run was a 0.5 mile warm up, a 2.75 mile run and a 0.27 mile walk cool down. The 2.75 mile run took me 31:51. My mile splits were:

1st 1.00 mile:  11:31

2nd 1.00 mile: 11:50

3rd 0.75 mile: 8:30 (this is an 11:20 per mile pace)

My first mile felt yucky. I was stiff and felt really slow. It is interesting that my second mile was even slower because I felt faster. I thought my last 0.75 mile was pretty good because it was really trying to hit the 30 minute mark. In order to meet my goal, I need to get down to 10:54 per mile. I’ve been reading articles about how to get faster and I think I need to start doing some intervals or those fartlets (fartleks?). I’ll try that this week and let you know how it goes. I might even learn the correct spelling. I read fartleks but my kids call them fartlets. If you know a good speed work out that I should try, let me know!




About Tracy Diane

I run. I swim. I write.
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