My one year run-aversary is coming up! I don’t remember exactly which day in June 2012 I started the Couch to 5K program, but it was sometime in the beginning of the month.
The past couple of weeks I’ve been really bummed about not reaching my training goal of seven miles, but I have achieved so much in the past year that I really can celebrate.
- Running my first 5K (and then a bunch more)
- Running 10K multiple times
- Going from run/walking a 17 min mile to running an 11 min mile
- Staying committed to running at least 3 days a week
- Getting committed to weight training to make me a better runner
- Becoming an avid outdoor runner
- Starting a half marathon training plan
When I was out on my run tonight I actually started thinking about my run journey so far. I like to say that I got serious about running in October of 2012, but the truth is what I mean is that I got committed to running in October of 2012.
From June through October I did Couch to 5K at least one day a week, but sometimes ONLY one day a week. In October I started running at least three days a week on a consistant basis. This is mostly because I signed up to do a 5K and knew I better get my butt into gear!
I realized recently that while I am committed to running I’ve been very casual about my training. I feel like within a year I should have been able to bring my mile time down to under 11 minutes. Especially considering I can only run an 11 minute mile when I’m only running one mile. That time gets considerably longer as my route gets longer.
This second year of my running journey will be dedicated to getting serious about running.
My second year goals are to:
- Run a mile in less than 10 mins (9:59 would work!)
- Run a half marathon
- Run a half marathon at a 13 min/mile pace
- Get serious about my running nutrition
- Consistently incorporate speed workouts into my training
While I’ll always be a casual runner I really want to be a serious casual runner. I know I’ll never be elite, but I do want to see how far I can push myself.
I’m excited about the things I will accomplish in my second year of running … and yeah … I’m kind of proud of the things I accomplished in my first year!