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COMING CLEAN: Personal Bests

Normally, I avoid the treadmill. At first, it was a bit of fear and nerves — I felt unstable and worried that I’d fall off. When I overcame that worry, I started to get bored. My usual weightlifting sessions seemed much more interesting, and turning it into a circuit was both challenging and satisfying. (Check… Read more »

Normally, I avoid the treadmill. At first, it was a bit of fear and nerves — I felt unstable and worried that I’d fall off. When I overcame that worry, I started to get bored. My usual weightlifting sessions seemed much more interesting, and turning it into a circuit was both challenging and satisfying. (Check out Casie Leigh Luke’s posts on learning to weightlift. She’s taking on a 40-day challenge.)

I started to give running a shot last fall, and was starting to enjoy it: I could run faster than I thought and for longer stretches before slowing down to walk, and the views were gorgeous. And then the snow fell, and the temps dipped, and I headed inside.

Last week I hopped on the treadmill for the first time in I don’t know how long. Maybe last spring? No fear. No nerves. Not as fast as I’d like, but I’ll improve. I’m not saying I can improve or I might, but I will. I will, I tell you!

My goal: Run/jog the Esprit de She 5K in July within 30 minutes. I made it in 45 minutes last July, so 30 seems doable. I told my trainer, I’ve shared it with you, thus it is writ.

On the “dreadmill”: safer than crossing the street?

So I made another effort: 1 mile in 16 minutes. All right, better than last week’s 18:30, which was more walking than running. But if I want to meet my goal, I’m going to have to get down to 10-minute miles, which I’ve done, well, never. (Although, I’ll proudly note that I won a Presidential Fitness Award in 5th grade for bringing my 15-minute mile down to 11 minutes within one school year.)

My other personal best? Holding a plank for 1 1/2 minutes. I’ve barely made it 1 minute before, even at my fittest last spring. Every second after 1 minute felt like an eternity, but I held my body as straight as a I could and kept my breath even.

Next step: hold a plank for 2 minutes. And 10-minute miles?! Things are getting crazy!

What have you been able to accomplish in your workouts now that you weren’t able to do before?

Keeping track of my workouts in the Pear Training app with heart-rate monitor. I chose a “free format,” but there are several programs with coaching.

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