Measured Success

The very best part about doing something you have never done before is that no matter how you do – it is the best you have ever done.  In the last month I have set two personal records (PRs.) Having never run a 25K or a half-marathon at all until recently –  I was all set to crank out two PRs.

I went after the 25K with an “I have never run this before ever” mentality  and I was pleased to have finished strong.  Knowing that I had another race in only two weeks that was of slightly shorter distance, I set an attainable goal.  I felt like I had a little gas left in the tank when I finished the 25K so I decided to try and go a little faster.

I’m not fast. A year ago I couldn’t run one continuous ten minute mile.  Last week my half marathon pace was 10:07 on average.  That’s measurable progress.  So many people have asked me in the last year why I run.  It’s a simple answer.  There aren’t many opportunities for an adult to have measurable success outside the workplace. For months and months I wasn’t getting faster so I set my sights on distance.  Mission accomplished. My 5K time is creeping faster.  Slow and steady progress. marathon mama

This weekend I will switch gears (oh man, do you love a good pun!!  Switch gears, I am gonna ride my bike, guys.  I kill me.)  My personal triathlon season will kick off at the scene of the original crime.  Last year I finished my first sprint triathlon at an all women’s event.  It’s technically a super sprint (250 yard swim, 10 mile bike and a 2 mile run.) Last year I wanted to finish.  I rode a heavy hybrid and I had run for less than three months.  I was happy with my finish.  It’s a small event.  I finished 64th out of 126 participants. This year?  I am going back to run the same course.  There should be measurable improvement.  Right? And so begins the sleepless week.  I like to set goals.  I like to achieve them.  What’s reasonable?  I am pretty sure that cups of coffee at 10 pm and loads and loads of googling and looking at my runkeeper graphs for the last year will not help. Getting my bike out of the shed might be a good place to start.

13 responses to “Measured Success

  1. Girl! You so hardcore! (And a leg tattoo?? Nice! ^.^)

  2. Seeking Joyful Simplicity

    Feeling really inspired by your strength, stamina, and beauty.

    • It is time for me to give it back. I can remember being so motivated by your drive, you’d sneak out of the house in the wee hours and run back and forth behind your house. :)

  3. Wow, you’re determination is awesome! I have really just gotten into running recently and I’m running a 10K next month. My goal is to run a half marathon next year, but I have been skeptical about my abilities. You are so determined and goal oriented – it’s inspiring!

    • You can totally do it! I try to remind myself that the only person you are competing with is yourself and slow and steady progress – it happens! It really does!!

  4. Your average pace was not 10:07. It was 10:07 ON HILLS. Because of course you wouldn’t choose an easy flat race for your first (um…like some…). Hills for your first 1/2. You kill me. You are one fierce lady.

  5. Congrats on your runs and running times!

    I am going to do my first race ever in two weeks, and it’s a half-marathon (you’d think I would go gently into this stuff, like a 5K or whatever, but nooooo…). I started running in September, so it’s going to be a challenge. I am a 10:00 minute mile too. I ran 5 miles today, and for the first time, was almost near 9:00, so progress does happen!

    I think you’re right about measuring “success”. I do like the numbers game, but also try not to get too hung up on it. In this race, I just want to make it without dying. I will eventually get around to improving numbers (I know ways of doing it, but have been too lazy to do them!)

    And for the triathlon – hats off! I can’t swim, so that’s impossible for me. I am in awe of those who can do those…that’s amazing!

    Thanks for the the post – inspiring!


    • I think “without dying” is an admirable goal. I will be sending you good death-free race juju!! And I love love love that your first race is a half. You don’t mess around. :)

  6. I don’t know where you got it, Kel, but I’m glad you have it. All of it. And I am so proud and not a little envious of you! Good luck!

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