Getting Faster

///Getting Faster

Getting Faster

Sometimes the best part about running is the numbers.  I find such satisfaction in tracking my runs and watching the times go down or the miles go up.  I’ve found that if I work hard and am patient I can really see results.

A few weeks ago I made a short term running goal to get my 3 mile run back under 30 minutes.  I’m taking my time with this comeback, but I needed something quantitative to work on to let me know I’m actually improving.  To put this in perspective, before I got sick in February, I was running 3 miles in 28ish minutes.  When I first started back running again in June I was running 3 miles in 33 minutes.

So, GUESS WHAT?!  I’m getting faster and I have the numbers to prove it.

It was honestly just sort of fun typing that.  Smile

My hubby and I both have “workout” boards where we track or plan the workouts we do during the week.  They are basically dry erase boards with a fun silver back.  I know… we are both Type A.

This was my board two weeks ago…

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My 3 mile time started at 31:15.  Then it went to 30:30 and then down to 30:15!

This is last week…

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30:15, 30:15 and ….

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…but it was super HOT and HUMID during this run so I actually consider this one a victory too.   My last super steamy outdoor run was 30:55.

This week I know I’ll hit my goal.  I’m so close. I already ran 3 miles in 30:05 on Monday.

Hey, did you hear? I’m getting faster, the numbers don’t lie.

(The magazine article page next to my workout list is a kettle ball workout I ripped out of a magazine that I want to try.)

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QUESTIONS:

DO YOU EVER SET SMALL GOALS FOR YOURSELF?

WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RUNNING GOAL?

DO YOU TRACK YOUR WORKOUTS?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:30-04:00 July 22nd, 2013|Fitness, Running|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. […] remember how in this post I wrote that my short term running goal was to run 3 miles in under 30 minutes?  Well, according to my GPS I hit the 3 mile mark at 29:22!! […]

  2. Dan Steadman July 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Set small goals and track, not usually small just big goals and track progress toward those…I have in my planner the workouts I need to do and try to hit those goals (of course in the sauna known as SC Summer that gets hard). You know my current goal…Asheville 9/28/13 (I can’t believe it is almost only 2 months to go) finish and be around 3:45. You’re doing great on your comeback, take the small victories as they come, and remember fall will be here soon and the heat and humidity will be gone

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I missed all of Spring running 🙂 60 will feel pretty great!

  3. Kim @ Cooking in the City July 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    That is so awesome! Especially in this weather 🙂

    I track all of my runs on my Google calendar. Usually just milage, but I do add speed if it was a workout or something noteworthy! It’s fun to look back on previous years.

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      I do that too… love the numbers 🙂

  4. Harold Hall July 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Congrats on getting back in to running form, a running lifestyle will keep you looking young and fit. To improve your speed find someone that is a little faster than you to train with and to run with on race day. You both will benefit and you will see your times come down faster! Keep up the good work and go girl?

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks harold!

  5. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections July 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome! Getting faster in running is so rewarding. I haven’t ever kept that close of an eye on the numbers in running because I tend to get a bit obsessive, but it’s nice to see improvement that you can measure.

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      haha– yeah it’s a trick balancing act. Watch what you are doing but not too closely or you will miss out on all the fun of actually running.

  6. Jaime July 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    A few months ago I started tracking my running workouts on dailymile (and I also blog all of my workouts weekly.) My current goal is just to get excited about running again! I’m hoping to come up with a game plan for a fall race and that can push me to be a bit more motivated.

    Great job on your running times!!

  7. Bethany July 23, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Awesome!!!

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Bethany!

  8. Frank Burrell July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Wonderful!

    • JulieWunder July 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Frank!

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