8 Minute Mile
Every year, I sign myself up for my local 10K run. I've always been a good runner - I'm fortunate enough to have long legs which just make me faster with minimum effort, so it never seemed like a big deal. I'm happy as long as I beat my previous time and despite meaning to, I don't put in a lot of training - perks of being young!
For those of you that don't know, 10K is 6.2 miles which, I think, makes it sound far less scary. My big struggle with running that distance is not my fitness, but my lack of muscle in my legs to actually get me that far. I always feel that my legs want to give up before my lungs.
I'll get to the point of this post, my aim this year is to really put my previous times to shame and do the 10K in 50 minutes, which would mean running 8 minute miles (hence the title). My best time so far is 55 minutes. Knocking 5 minutes off might not seem like an impossible task, but when you have no idea how to pace yourself and have weak knees it can be a unreachable goal.
I'm planning to meet with a PT once a week to build up my muscles in my legs, hopefully enabling me to run faster and longer, as well as pushing myself to get out for those pesky post-work runs. You would have thought, living by the sea, that it would be easy to motivate myself to get out and train, even just for a quick run.