Not the week, per say, but me. Yes, me. Last night I was faster than I was the week before. I showed up for Nike Boston’s Home Run and joined the 6 mile group with my friend Ashley.
I really lucked out with Ashley. She asked me about Nike Run Club at the company holiday party and has been at nearly every session since. Additionally, she and I pace pretty comparably.
Last night was not terribly cold in Boston, which for me, is a less than welcome change at this time of year (Climate Change is real, people). The temperature was probably in the high 30’s and the sky was clear. We ran a new route, which took us past the Seaport and around the North End. It was probably about half way through the run when I realized that it felt like we were running really fast for us. Its worth mentioning that I never look at my phone during runs – being ignorant to my current pace and distance covered makes me happier than knowing, so I had nothing other than feel to go on. It definitely felt like we were pushing and I asked myself several times if I needed to pull back. Nope. I wouldn’t allow it. Ashley was plugging along right next to me and seemed comfortable with the pace, so I decided that I was too. We ran, talked a little, and took in the sights.
When we finally got back to the Nike store to complete our mileage for the day, I looked at my phone and a badge flashed telling me that I’d just run my fastest 10K in 51:45. That’s an 8:17 overall pace, which is pretty speedy for me! What’s interesting about this is that I got my fastest 10K last week with a time about a minute slower.
I’ve been feeling pretty great about this all day. Running isn’t easy, so it’s only right to celebrate a little bit when you PR. As we know, running doesn’t get easier, we just get better.
Hill Help: Don’t be afraid to push yourself. It just might cause you to accomplish something amazing and new.