Tuesday, November 4, 2008

11. Run a mile in under 7 minutes

It wasn't pretty but I did it. I woke up a little late today and didn't know if I could get my whole 3 miles in. I decided that doing only one mile quick would be doable. I figured if the options were either running fast or not running at all, I should at least just do the fast running. Today, I had to vote and get to school by 8:00. I accomplished all of those tasks.
I used this website to help gauge what a mile was. I found a spot that I could loop around and get back to the front of my house and it be a complete mile. Now, I don't know if it was correctly 5,280 feet, but it was close enough. I don't know any other way to really get a full mile measured totally correct unless I just found a high school track to run on. I didn't want to do that, so this is as good as I could get. When I started running, I was curious if my pace was too fast or not fast enough. On my training runs, I lumber along at a steady 10 minute mile. That isn't exactly break-neck speed. I don't know how to run fast anymore, that is how I felt as I was running today. I made it to the end of the block and my breathing was pretty strong. I ran a couple more blocks and finally got to my halfway point. I looked at my watch and saw that I was at 3:26. I was pretty nervous at this point that I wouldn't be able to do it. I found myself breathing harder than I had in a long time, including after my marathon. When I hit the home stretch that I could see my house, I saw my watch and knew I didn't have a ton of time to get there. Finally, I made it to the house, stopped my watch and read it saying 6:54. I was hoping for something much better, but I'll take what I got.
I don't know if I should be proud or sad. I finished the goal in one shot. I probably should have set the goal for a better time than it was, but I don't know how I could get it much better without doing some speed training, which I'm not up for doing at this point. Oh well,
Another goal accomplished!

7 comments:

Matt Weis said...

Good job, Eric... That translates to about a 3 hour marathon. Up for it?

Eric said...

I am pretty sure at this point I was done after a mile. I didn't have much left. I know I need to build myself up more to be able to get that 20:30 5K time. May 30th is the day I am going to try to do it. We'll see what happens.

Mom said...

A mile in under seven minutes? That's reeeely fast, Eric! Way to go! You must not have had to wait too long at the polls to have accomplished so much before 8 AM. I love you!

Eric said...

Yeah, I can impress a lot of people with how much I can get done in the morning.

J-Rev said...

yeah eric! way to go. Now you should see if you can get it under 6 mins. :) j/k

Matt Weis said...

Run a 1/2 mile in 2:30

Tyler said...

Congrats Eric.