Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

An Easy Run PR

There are days when I am discouraged.

"I am not a very fast runner.  Can I run a half marathon?"

When these thoughts enter my brain, I've been trying to stop them and replace with positive thoughts.

"I am strong.  I can run 4 miles without walking.  I have discipline.  I can do anything with God's help."

Monday, I ran my normal easy four mile run.  Lately, I've been trying to beat my virtual partner that's on my garmin.  I should come up with a name for my vp...  Anyway, some runs I do well, other runs, not so well.  I was a worried that this would be a difficult run especially after my very slow 8.5 mile run on Saturday.

Monday, I set a new PR (Personal Record) for myself.

4.00 miles
10:59 pace
154 avg HR

First time that I broke the 11:00 / mile average pace!

Garmin stats:

I'm looking forward to my speedwork tomorrow.  The plan is:
7 miles
1 mile warmup

1 mile 10:22 pace
.5 mile jog
repeat two more times

1 mile cool down.


  1. I think you are doing great. Don't get discouraged. You win regardless because of the benefits to your health.

  2. I am always talking to myself when I run. I pretty much feel like it is hard to run these days. I really don't like humidity!

    Great job on your running. It is fun to see progress isn't it?

  3. Just found your blog. Congrats on the PR! You're making great progress!

  4. Nice job! Have you seen the McMillan running calculator? You can calculate your ideal pace for long runs. According to McMillan, long runs should be slooooow. Builds endurance. :)

    Thanks for being a VRB over at MvM and entering my giveaway. Nice to "meet" you!

  5. You are a runner, regardless of pace. I am a super slow runner, but still a runner. I finished my January half-marathon in 2:42, about a 13 min/mi pace, but I was smiling when I finished! You will be too, even if you are running a lot faster than me! :-)