Thursday, November 4, 2010

Personal Best!

I needed to work out yesterday incredibly bad! I didn't work out Monday or Tuesday. I have been eating WAY too much Halloween candy at work. But I also feel really busy!

I decided to head to the gym in the City near my work yesterday so as not to make any excuses. I wasn't going to run because I have the Hot Chocolate 15k this Saturday and I don't like to run too close to any big runs. Instead of a rest "day", I like a rest "week".

But after eating nearly 223 pieces of candy yesterday (really!), I needed to kick my butt at the gym. So the best way to do that is to run. I decided to do run intervals on the treadmill. I don't normally like running on the treadmill. I find it boring and actually harder for me than running outside. I think that's contradictory to what some other people think but it's always been that way for me.

Anyway, I decided to do intervals on the treadmill. This is easier to do on the treadmill than outside because you can control the speed.

I decided to do a 2 minute interval on 6.2 speed (9.40 min/mile) and a 1 minute interval on 7.2 speed (8.19 min/mile). I was handling this speed well until about 10 minutes in. I started to get tired. I had scheduled 50 minutes on the treadmill because then I had to catch my train. To make sure I was able to complete the entire 50 minute run, I decided that around 25 mins, I would walk for two minutes.

And I did. But after that 2 minute walk, I decided to reduce my speed so I will be able to finish. I did intervals on 6.0 and 7.0. Even though I was tired, I felt pretty good and was able to finish all 50 mins.

I did 5 miles in 47.23 minutes! Wow! This is the fastest I've ever run a distance of 5 miles! I was pretty proud of myself. The closest thing I have to compare is the Shamrock Shuffle every March/April. It is 5 miles and the last two years, I've completed this in 50.27 minutes.

Yes, you heard me right. The last two times I've ran this run, I finished with the EXACT same time! Wow, talk about consistency! I was actually pretty angry that I tied my last time this year instead of beating it. I only wanted to beat it by 1 second! Oh well.

So next year, I would like to beat it. And if I can even shave off 30 seconds, I will be so happy!

I will spare you details of my love life for now. You can thank me later!

Do you prefer to run on the treadmill or outside?


  1. I feel the same about the treadmill; definitely harder for me than outside! You kicked booty on it!!!

    I want love life details!!! :)

  2. Anonymous11/04/2010

    You want to eat candy and talk about the boys? I am sure Jess would like to hear about it. :)

  3. lol Nick Anonymous!

    Marisa - thanks!

  4. I am a walker, I have tried to run but honestly i'd rather shave my head. Yeah for you for doing it, I wish I could enjoy it but it is pure torture for me.

  5. What up, Miss Rockstar! That is so amazing :) I can't wait to hear all about your race Saturday, I will definitely be there to cheer you on!