Testing My Limits

Yesterday afternoon I pulled up weather.com to try and decide when I should go for my run:

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I went at 5pm, but in hindsight I should have waited until midnight! I totally ROASTED in the hot sun!

20150510_174634Was it hot out? Yes.

Did I make it 6 miles? Yes. (Longest run in a month!!! Whoo)

Did I take any walking breaks? No!

I’ve used run/walk intervals as a crutch for a very long time. I am almost three years into my running journey and I am ready to kick them to the curb! I didn’t use walking intervals for any of my runs this week and guess what? I survived just fine! In fact, I found eliminating the breaks to really help me stay in my flow better.

It was hard to give them up when I was so used to the routine of having them, but after my April break from running now just seems like the right time to leave them behind.

Six miles is by far the longest run I’ve ever done without walking breaks. I think my previous record was 2.5 miles so it’s really awesome to know that I was capable of so much more than I was giving myself credit for. Sometimes, we just have to test our limits to see what we can really do, right?

After the brutally hot six miles it was SO NICE to just kick my legs up and let the breeze wash over me for a few minutes.

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Relaxing after this run was the best part! I can’t believe 10 miles used to be my “easy” long run! I’m looking forward to getting back to that point.

Even though this six miler was a bit of a struggle, it still capped off a really great couple of days because my awesome mom was in town visiting all weekend!

She was a bad influence on me and I did more shopping in two days than I’ve done in a while – but that’s a post for tomorrow! 🙂

I hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day – cat moms, dog moms, bird moms, etc. included!

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When was the last time you tested your (running) limits? During a race? Speedwork day? 

29 comments

  1. cheryl

    Great job on the run. I think I would be tested to keep running right into the ocean! I do that when I run in ME on vacation–The ocean is usually VERY cold.
    I don’t think I have tested my limits running in a while. I am psyching myself up for the start of marathon training June 20…
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      The ocean here is not cold at all, haha! I’m sure the water is like 80 degrees or maybe even warmer. I know the pool is in the 80s right now by late afternoon!

      I am psyching myself up for marathon training soon too – it’s almost here! I feel like May is flying by!

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    This morning I tested my limits by doing a little speed work in the humidity! I am not used to it at all yet! Plus I haven’t run a faster pace in months. Its so weird how 10 miles used to be nothing and now it feels so long. Im sure you will get back to that mentality faster than you would expect!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That’s awesome! The humidity is so much worse than the heat – way to go on getting it done this morning!!

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Congrats on 6 miles without a walk break!!! That’s very exciting. And in that heat! That picture of Cecil is gorgeous. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your weekend with your momma. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! I felt simultaneously like a champ and like a boiled lobster after that run! 🙂

  4. Heather

    Great job on your run! I’ve used run/walk intervals when I was coming back from an injury and when I decided that it was time to switch back to solid running, it was kind of scary. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to handle it, but of course, it ended up being just fine.

    That forecast looks brutal, but I am pretty jealous that you get to relax on the beach after a run.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you and I know I already said it but CONGRATS on that PR!! I’m so excited for you!!

  5. Molly

    Congrats! I roasted outside this weekend, and it was barely 60! 😉 I completed my first marathon on Saturday in 4:47 so I would say that was the last time I pushed it. I ran/walked mile 23 but otherwise I ran the entire time. Already looking forward to the next one!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Barely 60!!! Hahah you are cracking me up! That’s freezing!

      CONGRATS on the marathon! I was wondering how it went — and apparently it went amazingly! I am so happy for you!!!

  6. Liv @ Healthy Liv

    Congrats on making the huge jump up to 6 miles without walking! I bet you’ll be reaching your PR goals in no time 🙂 SO awesome!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂 I definitely feel like this will help me set some significant PRs this fall!

  7. Richard

    That’s a great run. Anytime you can surprise yourself like that, it’s always an awesome feeling.

    I too haven’t run in a while so Friday I knocked out a pretty solid negative split. Posting about that today 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I was so shocked that I was able to negative split this 6-miler… I think it was only because the sun started going down towards the end lol. Way to go negative splitting your run!!!

  8. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    Congrats on your 6 miles, that is awesome! I find myself stopping to take more walk/water breaks in the summer, the humidity just kills me!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ugh no kidding, the humidity is way worse than the heat! I am sure when I do my super long runs this summer I’ll be talking some walking breaks!

  9. Denise

    Since it has been warming up (warm for Indiana, I’m sure it would be a nice cool run for you!), I have been bad about taking lots of walking breaks. I keep telling myself it’s just my body adjusting to the heat and humidity, but I suppose at some point I should just put a stop to it like you did. 🙂 Good job on the long run!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂

      If you’re going from super cold to super hot I can definitely see how the walking breaks would help you with the transition! I can’t imagine what it must be like to go to sleep with it being 50 degrees one day and waking up to the 70s or 80s a couple days later! Ouch!

  10. Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Way to go Kristina!! One thing I’ve learned is that our bodies are capable of much more than our minds think we are, so if just let go of what we think we can or can’t do, we will always be surprising ourselves with new limits. And you did it in that heat… that’s awesome. It is getting really hot in NC so I think my limits are going to be tested at my half marathon this weekend!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ohhh I’m sorry that it’s warming up the week of your race – but it won’t matter because you’re going to kick butt anyway!! 🙂

  11. Cocomama

    Scary to leave behind something you’re so comfortable with! Congratulations!!! I might actually do the opposite as you: I really liked the run/walk method when I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and think I’ll train that way for my next half. 🙂 We’ll see!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!

      I think I’ll probably pick back up with run/walk when I get deeper into marathon training. I’d like to make it up to 13.1 miles without walking breaks so I can do a half this fall without walking, but I can’t see myself making it 26.2 miles without several breaks!

  12. Jennifer

    Congrats on your 6 mile return! Those easy 10 miles will be here before you know it. This morning was so humid, I was dripping when I got to the office today. Do you typically carry a water bottle for all your runs (even the short 3 miles) b/c of the humidity?
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It was super humid here this morning too – I could feel the moisture on my skin. I hate that feeling!

      I don’t carry a water bottle with me on short runs (but I do bring jolly ranchers with me). I SHOULD have brought a water bottle during the six miler, but instead I just stopped off at a convenience store to buy a bottle. I don’t like to carry water with me if I can avoid it.

  13. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    Oh my goodness! This is the first time our weather ihss been the same! Yes, that heat sure is brutal. Nice job sticking it out, and without walk breaks to boot! And hello, pretty kitty!
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  14. Karen

    Great job!! That always scares me a bit, when I run 5 miles and feel tired I worry I may never run 9 easily again like i used to. How awesome you didn’t stop! Love it.
    I am thinking i need to start using her intervals again lol I admit it scares me because I like to go with out stopping but I think my leg may need the break. we’ll see…
    I feel like i know Cecil now, even though we never met. he’s so cute.
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  15. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Nice job on your 6 miles!! I hate running too late at night because it’s hard to sleep after, but it’s soooo bright so late now! The sun is still blasting me at 7pm! Stupid summer haha.
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  17. Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

    You should totally do a post about how to get over the mental battle of walking breaks. I too have been running for three years, and I just ran my first 5K without walking breaks, but during normal training. I’m struggling to cut them out.
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