This evening, I made myself run at 10.0 (we use the metric system here; I am not Speedy Gonzales). Let's just say that it was much faster than I was used to. As slow as I can be, I usually breeze through my runs and feel great by the time I finish. I swear, I have not had such a terrible run since I first started running for recreation when I was about ten. Whenever I would get tired or discouraged, my mom used to say to me, "just one foot in front of the other". She'd tell me that I would finish and it would get easier every time I do it. It sounds nice and calming now, but NOT WHEN YOU'RE RUNNING MUCH FASTER THAN YOU CAN HANDLE ON THE TREADMILL!!! Anyway, the bottom line is that I got through my run without significantly decreasing my speed, passing out or throwing up. I thought one of those things would happen, but it didn't. I managed to finish my 5K in 32.01. What an improvement! If I can make it under 30 minutes, I am going to surprise myself with something. Maybe a new pair of running shoes? A dress? I'll need something that will motivate me to run faster.
I've never done speed work like this before. If you have any good tips, let me know!
Before I finish this post, I want to wish my friend Jessie a very happy birthday! We've known each other since we were at least six years old. She's also getting MARRIED next April. I can't wait. She's the first of my friends to get married. I'll be second (if I count as my own friend, of course).