Like the other Moms with New Year's goals to run better, I am hoping to improve my time and stamina this year.
With the hectic-ness of the holidays, sadly, running got away from me. I had plans to do it each day my husband was home to watch the kids, but somehow, in between wrapping, finishing errand shopping, cooking and baking, time escaped me. Then the stomach flu hit, derailing my plan even more and now my husband is traveling for work (and I don't own a treadmill!) so I've been going batty.
I had a meeting this morning while my kids were in pre-school and during my drive home, all I kept thinking was how many miles I could squeeze in between when I got home and had to get my kids! I did a quick wardrobe change and headed for the fitness center in my neighborhood and got in 2.5 miles. It felt fantastic. I made the 30 minutes I had count (I did make sure I could cool down and stretch.) And while I wasn't thrilled to show up at school looking like I did, I realized that I didn't really care because I forced myself to squeeze in some time for me and was shocked to realize that the "me" time now includes running. (No longer does that mean a long bath or a manicure.) I don't know when this happened, but I'm happy with it! I think I might actually feel comfortable calling myself a "runner" now!
So back to the improving time and stamina, does anyone have any good advice? I am able to run a 9- minute mile for about 5 minutes on the treadmill, and my goal would be to run my second half marathon (SunTrust National Half in March) at that pace, but I average around 9:40 during my 10-mile and half marathon races. Any suggestions and tips on how to improve would be greatly appreciated!!!