six miles.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 in Fitness

Uh, holy crap. Yesterday I ran 6 miles. And it was awesome!

Honestly, I really didn’t expect it to be. I contracted a bad case of Compare Myself to Other Runners-itis. It started on Saturday when I heard my brother and sister talk about how many miles they had to run this weekend for their training programs. Clue: they were a heck of a lot more than 6.

I spew the gospel of running as an individual sport and to not compare yourself to other runners, but even I get bogged down by it sometimes. It’s hard when, to me, 6 miles feels like moving a mountain, but to the people who share my genes, 6 miles is a warm up.

But, during my run, I made a list of reasons why I shouldn’t compare myself to my siblings:

  • Even though we share genes, we aren’t the same people.
  • I have pretty much the opposite of a runner’s body. I’m built to be a catcher for a softball team, not speed or distance running.
  • My brother and sister have been running A LOT longer than I have.
  • They are way more devoted to the sport than I am.
  • Two years ago, I couldn’t walk a mile without resting. Look how far I’ve come!

And most importantly:

  • IT DOESN’T MATTER.

Seriously. Who cares? I’m running. They’re running. It doesn’t matter. I hit that epiphany at about a mile in and the remaining 5 miles were easy peasy. I’m sure to some people, my 6 miles sounds just like my brother’s 16 miles sounded to me. This sport is way relative and it isn’t worth my stress. There will always be someone who runs faster/longer/better than me and always someone who runs slower/shorter/worse than me.

So I worked through it and ended my run like this:

Happy and proud!

And wearing an awesomely clashing outfit.

I did 6 miles in 1:11:23. I started to feel a little tired around 45 minutes in (after 3.5ish miles) so I stopped, walked and ate a Medjool date. And it was the best thing I’d tasted in a looooong while. I’m definitely going to try to fuel training and my race with real foods. Goo and gels need not apply. The date kicked in and I plowed through the rest of the miles.

And then I came home and ate a piece of pizza. Which also tasted amazing.

And drank some milk (don’t worry, I ate my pizza crust, too).

I do think my heart rate monitor is kaput. It is telling me I burned a measly 754 calories for 70 minutes of running. While I was running, I looked down and my heart rate was blinking “00″ a few times. I just replaced the batteries in the chest strap, so I don’t know what could be wrong. Boo urns!

7 miles next week. 7 miles sounds scary long. But I am REALLY excited to get past halfway of my final mileage. Dear half marathon : it is on like Donkey Kong.

23 Comments

  1. Woo hoo! 6 miles is HUGE. Absolutely huge. I’m extremely proud of you!!!

    Whenever I get tired (I think of it as “saggy”) during a longer run I remind myself to lift my shoulders up. For some reason, that seems really energizing to me. And if that doesn’t work I concentrate on my muscles. I tell myself to let my muscles push me through.

    • Thank you! Haha, I totally lolled at “saggy”. It is such a perfect way of putting it.

  2. Six miles is a BIG DEAL! I’m super proud of you. :) You’re such an inspiration to me, seriously! The mental blocks are the hardest part of running for me. I’m so glad you were able to push past them in that first mile!

    Doug and I are in the process of working on how to fit in physical activity with the baby around, and I told him I want to try running again. I’ve done it. I know I CAN run, but most of the work is pushing through mental blocks. Once I do that, I’m good to go. I still just need to sort out the when/where part (though we’ll get a treadmill soon, and that will help a lot with that. Running during nap time? For sure. ;)

    • Thank you, Shauna. That means a lot to me.
      You should definitely try C25K. It is only 20 minutes, 3 times a week and can get you to running a 5K in only a few months.

  3. Rockstar!

    • Thank you! I felt like a rockstar. :)

  4. Way to go! I can’t wait for the mini! Maybe we can meet at the expo. I love meeting sparkfriends in Real life :-)

    • Absolutely! I’ve heard of a few people doing the mini. Maybe I’ll put together a meetup!

  5. 6 miles is AWE-SOME.

    • Thank you! I feel AWE-SOME! :)

  6. I so needed to read this. I compare myself to other runners all the time — especially my sister, who runs for her large college and went to the NCAA championships last year. Like you say, it’s weird to share DNA with these gazelles and have apparently none of that talent transfer to you. I am committing your list of reasons to memory.

    P.S. Six miles is my max mileage as well! I like to remember that it’s still farther than 90% of the population can run. :)

    • Sibling stuff is so strange. I should write a post on it sometime. :)

  7. I loved this!

    It’s EXACTLY my attitude to running!

    It doesn’t matter why you’re going or how far you’re going, it just matters that you’re going and that you’re having the best time possible while you are!

    Now I will read this post again & smile some more :)

    • I’ve gonna come back and read it anytime I’m feeling down about running. :)

  8. ps: maybe tighten your HRM chest strap? That’s fixed this problem for me a few times. there’s nothing worse that running hard and looking down to see your HRM telling you that you are dead.

    • Oooh! Good idea! I’ll try that.

      • We’ve got the same HRM and that’s worked for me in the past. One thing I’ve done if I’m not sure the strap is tight enough and I’m already mid-workout is to tuck the plastic part just under the bottom of my sports bra–the compression from the bra band keeps the plastic in contact w/ my skin.

  9. Great Job! 6 miles sounds like a lot to me!
    I’d like to start up running.I like the idea of it, but every time I have tried and I end up getting frustrated and quitting.I think I need to do what you did in a previous blog tho and go to actual running store and get properly fitted with a good running shoe.I’m thinking when all the snow and ice melts here in Edmonton I’ll give the C25k another shot.

    • Definitely get fitted! It changed my whole feeling about running.

  10. Love your top with the thumb loops! Great job on doing the six miles!

    • I love shirts with thumbholes!

  11. I don’t know if it’s creep city to link to this post of your from my blog, but I love it and, rather than plagiarizing and writing a post that says the exact same thing (which is something that has been on my list anyway), I’m linking to it — let me know if you would prefer that I took it down. I just love this post. And want the world to see it.

    • Go right ahead! Thank you so much for your kinds words. It’s nice to know other people go through the same kind of things. :)

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