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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I ran 3 miles this morning in my new Merrell's. Had a realization (for the second time).

No matter how tired I am after a run, when I look at my watch and see that my slow-as-hell run is at about the same time as my PR in my first year of running, it's motivating. I attribute it to 2 things:

1.) sticking with it - getting out there and running, even if it's just my short route. I've been running for 2 years now.

2.) changing my form - this helped me avoid my recurring ankle injury and shin splints so that number 1 could be true. I truly believe changing technique improved my speed and endurance as well.

So this morning my 3 mile run was about 35 minutes. Back in 2009 when I started running, my 5K PRs were all 35 minutes and some seconds. My current PR is 30:52, I think. And I'm running my second official 10K on friday. I expect it to be slow because I haven't been running as much lately (thanks to training for and healing from Bataan). But I can run 6.2 miles without stopping.

Now I'm going to train for my first Triathlon, sprint distance, in September.

I am still wanting to lose weight, but right now, I'm a little more focused on getting in shape. I did some strength training yesterday, I ran both Monday and today. I'm going to try hard to stay on track with a fitness routine. That was a big part of the last time I lost - regular workouts. I think adding those back in will help me lose weight again.

Which is why I love running. I can pack shoes and clothes and run just about anywhere. I can squeeze it in whenever I have time. I can run. I am a runner.
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