My blog is a continual work in progress. Like my life – I like it allot but there are parts about it that I’d love to improve.
You may notice two very small changes. Take that back. You probably have not noticed these changes so I will point them out for you!
An updated ‘About Me’ – I hope this about me section will give you a small glimpse into my life and inspire you in yours. No matter what life throws our way those who are most successful learn to keep on pushing. It doesn’t matter how many times we fail in life but that we keep on getting up and trying again.
In running I firmly believe we are only limited by what our mind believes is possible.
You too can improve – believe it. As the saying goes – if I can do it – you can do it. I truly believe that.
I didn’t run as a child. My parents stressed the importance of academics, sports were not something I was involved in. I never, like most children, ran a timed mile.
In 2011 I hope to officially race a mile for the first time ever, but in the mean time I have been doing timed miles on my own to keep assessing my fitness level in order to alter my marathon training program and paces.
Yesterday on the last mile of a 4 mile treadmill run I attempted to break my unofficial mile PR. Could I do it? I talked myself through the first 3 miles. I told myself PR’ing was about believing I could and not about my actual physical capabilities. My mind would run my body, not the other way around.
Here are my tips for doing a timed mile on the treadmill:
1. If you are warming up beforehand and not stopping before the timed mile begins then make sure you are up to top speed a tenth of a mile before you actually hit the mile mark. This ensures that your entire mile is the pace at which you set your treadmill. I also run till the mile is .01 over to make sure that I ran the entire mile and didn’t stop short.
2. You can do it the old fashioned way with a stop watch. Right before the turn of the mile get ready to hit start. As soon as you see the mile – hit your start button and wait till the mile is indeed over. There will probably be a small margin of error in your time due to a second or two lag in hitting start or in hitting stop.
3. Do your warm up and then stop the treadmill. Start the treadmill back up and run exactly a mile and note the time that you hit .01 over the mile mark. This is your timed mile time.
Happy Friday and welcome to the new blog followers!