Kari over at Running Ricig is inspiring us to prove that we didn't peak in high school. This means doing the mile run and beating your high school time. Even though I never ran a timed mile in high school I figured if I could at least run a mile at a decent time that would be proof enough. I consider myself fairly athletic. I'm a big fan of zumba, step-aerobics and weight lifting, but I very rarely run. I almost always get a stitch in my side and then I get all whiney and complainy about being uncomfortable. I vowed not to do that this time though. I was going to do a mile if it killed me and it almost did. Sorry Kari, I may have cursed at you a few times. A mile seems really far when you're hot, sweaty and feeling like you're going to throw-up.
Here are a few things I learned about trying to run a mile outside:
1. The treadmill at the gym is way easier.
2. Do not run first thing in the morning without any water or food for fuel.
3. If it's hot, you'll be even hotter in about 30 seconds.
4. Uphill SUCKS!
5. Running against the wind is not fun.
6. If you're not used to running, you'll be sucking in air so hard and fast it will sound like you're in labor.
7. You'll feel AWESOME when it's over. I was very proud even though it took me a while.
Final time 11 minutes 40 seconds (including 30 seconds of walking when I thought I was going to throw-up)
I'm going to try and do this every Sunday to improve my time and stamina. Want to join me?
Thanks for inspiring me Kari. I really enjoyed the runner's high.
After a nice cold shower, I made a huge breakfast to reward myself.