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New 4-mile PR

June 19, 2008
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Didn’t want to go running. Ignored Runner’s Commandment #7. And #1. Instead, got up and did some work on the computer. When G realized I hadn’t gone running, he pushed me out the door–it was nearly 8. Of course, we had to leave the house at 9:15, so I didn’t have a lot of time, but he encouraged me to go out and do a few quick miles, and I thought I would.

Did a quick four. And set a new personal record for the distance! My splits: 9:35, 9:09, 8:43, 8:32. Total run time 36:01. Yay for me! I hate short runs. I feel like they don’t count, unless they’re hard and fast. So now at least I feel like this one counted!

Modified to add: Wait! It gets better! Subtract the first mile–9:35–from the total run time of 36:01 and you know what you get? The closest I’ve ever come to beating my PR of 26:18 for a 5k: 26:26. If I’d been in a race I would have sprinted and beat my time. Finally! I’ve been training to improve my 5k since I ran my half and it felt like it was getting farther away instead of closer. Finally there’s hope! Now, when’s the next scheduled 5k in this town?

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