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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The 8:31 Mile
So, last week I broke the 9 minute mile barrier. I honestly didn't think I had it in me - in fact, the 9-10 minute per mile pace feels like a pretty hard effort to me. But, it was 60 degrees out and the sun was getting ready to set and I've been doing most of my runs on the treadmill, so it felt great just to be outside. And I was pushing the four-mile loop around my house and I just felt really strong on mile 2, so I decided to push that mile just about as hard as I could. And I ran it in 8:31, according to Ms. Garmin. I haven't done that since I left the Army, at least 7 years ago.
And, if I can do one mile at 8:31, I can build up to do more miles at a little slower than that pace, right? Surely I could do more miles at the 9:00 pace. I could run a 10K at that pace. I could conceivably (someday) run a half-marathon at that pace, couldn't I? Now, I'm not going to do it next week, or even next month... but I wonder if it's doable within the year? Am I out of my freakin' mind? What say you, running guru buddies? What's your best speed-building tip?