HOKAY GUYS obviously I am not — and likely will never be — a speed demon.
But the next phase of my running life is about increasing speed and ability and endurance in various ways and I needed a pithy title for this next set of goals and so there you have it.
What ARE my goals? So glad you asked.
1. I want to run between 3-5 miles a day (typically 4) comfortably and without stopping.
2. I want to run at a 10 minute mile pace (goal #1) and then eventually a 9 minute mile pace (goal #2). If those get accomplished, we’ll discuss more speed when we get there.
3. I want to start experimenting with the treadmill’s incline.
4. Once it’s not disgusting outside (for those of you unfamiliar with Binghamton… If you think your winters are long or your weather is dreary, allow me to laugh loudly and unapologetically in your face), I want to run outside more often.
How will I accomplish these things?
I think 3 & 4 are self-explanatory.
For 1 & 2, I have a plan.
I’m going to re-set my Couch to 5K app, and begin it anew. Except, for the times it says “Walk,” I’m going to run at 5.0. When it says “Run,” I’ll run at 6.0. This will, in my estimation, slowly build me up to comfortably running ten-minute-miles — just as the initial formula got me comfortable running twelve-minute-miles.
Over time, the more comfortable I get, I’ll eventually tack on extra time — in theory, ten more minutes, so that I run four miles instead of three. Although a 30-minute 5K sounds like a plenty ambitious goal for now.
I do want to stay on the treadmill for about 45 minutes a day, so I’ll likely play around until I decide just how to do everything.
But those are the goals, and their implementation starts today.
No looking back.
No slowing down.
Three more miles.