One of my 5 readers has posted comments recently about how she is impressed that I ran 13 miles faster than she ran 8 miles. Then she commented about thinking she may just be one of those runners that plateau and really aren’t meant to be fast. I responded to her encouraging her to hang in there and telling her that it wasn’t so long ago that I used to be running 10, 11 minute miles (I was low heart rate training, but still . . .)
So just for fun I went back to my now closed runnin-from-the-law.blogspot.com blog (any readers of this blog who followed me back then?? I still use the blog as a reference point.) and looked at my very first blog post. Here it is, from December 2007:
Day 1 of my Half Marathon training plan
Proof that anyone can improve! That was 5 years ago and 30 minutes at 8:30 pace was my speed work and felt challenging. Now I do many of my TWENTY mile training runs (2 hours and 45 minutes??!) at FASTER than 8:30 pace.
Also funny to note that even 5 years later some things don’t change: I was enjoying
many the occasional cocktail back then too!
So hang in there people. Dedication, consistency and smart training will bring improvement. So fun to look back on how much I’ve improved! 🙂