Unofficial 10k personal record
It was unofficial because it wasn’t a race but just me out there running through the neighborhood on a quiet Sunday morning. But I ran exactly 6.2 miles and finally broke the 1:10 barrier… rather decisively actually. Yes I’m still slow, but I’m continuing to get faster.
I’m still focusing primarily on maintaining a steady pace. I tune into the sound and feel of my feet hitting the pavement. If the footfalls start to sound/feel harsh, that tells me I’m pushing too hard and getting tired. If I start to hear/feel an uneven beat, that means I’m favoring my left leg and courting injury. I’m not hearing/feeling either of those things right now. So the thing to do next is to start gradually increasing my mileage again, adding about a mile a week to my Sunday morning long runs while still maintaining that steady pace. That’s my plan for arriving safely at the start and finish lines of my next half marathon in February.
These simple, concrete goals are so important because they keep me continually focused on two things: having a reason to be excited about getting out of bed on running mornings, and living in that delicious present when everything is simply going as I plan and desire.