7.5 ~ staying alive!

So I went to the gym tonight to run on the treadmill since the weather was iffy, and discovered that I could push myself even further than I have been out on the road!The treadmill doesn’t lie. (Well unless its some weird tech error, but really… doesn’t lie)….

When I very first started going back to the gym this year I was running/walking a half mile at only 5mph. When I got to 5.5 I thought I was going to die… but something slowly changed. I focused less on increasing my mileage too high, too fast, and focused more on consistency and speed work. The results over the past months of really kicking it into high gear has paid off! Here’s what went down tonight.

2 mile speed workout on the treadmill.
mph (Miles per hour obviously everyone knows that one)
mpm (minutes per mile)

Mile 1
Warmed up at 6mph (10 minute miles) for 5 minutes,and then kicked it up to 6.5 mph (9:14 mpm) for the rest of the mile,until nearly the end of mile 1 when I kicked it up to 6.8 (8:49) Woot!

Mile 1 to mile 1.5
Kicked it up to 7.0 mph (8:34mpm) and held it. I just focused on something and held on! It actually felt good and not impossible to maintain.

Mile 1.5 to 2 miles
Kicked it into high gear and went to 7.2 mph,and with two minutes to go I went up to 7.5 mph (8:00mpm) I was ecstatic!

Never in a million years did I think I could run that fast again!  I knew it was possible, but I had a hundred excuses why I LINDSEY couldn’t do it anymore! Back in February when I was running 5mph, and “crazily” up to 5.5 mph I only dreamed I could run 6mph – a 10 minute mile this year…but I proved myself wrong,and  ran 8-9 minute miles!

Sorry to go on and on about this, but its something I’m so proud of myself for. I love pushing myself, and seeing what I’m really made of! I can’t wait to see what this season will bring and how I will grow as a runner!

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