Yes, I'm excited. Mostly because this was by far the fastest mile I've ever run! A few months ago, I ran a treadmill mile in 7:45. Today? 7:01!!! Woo-hoo, that's a 44 second PR, baby--and it was on solid ground, not a treadmill!
Now, my confession--I may have been spurred on by a few outside events. Halfway through the mile, I heard some whooping and cheering, and then a lot of harsh shouting. The cause? Some Georgia Prison inmates in a truck with the small back windows open, getting pretty excited to see me running by--and then getting scolded by the sheriff! They were on their way to pick up litter along a different road, but it still scared me. I guess it was good though, since it got me to run faster to pass them while they were stuck at the light!
After a warm-up mile, and then a timed mile, I was almost ready to pass out. I slowed to a walk for a while, and then picked it back up with some 1/2 mile intervals, and 1/4 mile hill sprints. Even though it is NOT fun doing speedwork in this weather, I have to hope it's making me faster!
If you haven't signed up for the virtual mile, you still have time! The deadline is the last day in July. It's a great way to measure your progress, and predict future race times. Plus, you get a super cool bib like this:
I know I'm not even sweaty here---my run ended 30 minutes before this picture was taken. I had to get home and have someone take my picture!
Have you ever done a virtual race?
This is my second one! I also did a virtual 5k race a few months ago. I think it's such a great idea, and makes me work harder since I have to submit my time.
What's the scariest thing that's happened to you on a run/walk outside?
Even though the prisoners today scared me a bit, I knew I was obviously safe. But there have been times where people stop where I'm running and yell that truly worry me! Once, it was getting to be dark on a Friday night, and some guys in a Jeep stopped and tried to get me to get in their car. There were a few other cars driving by, but I was petrified!