06.30.08

Road ‘Race’

Posted in Life in general, Writers at 8:48 am by Marion

Cardiac Mile Marker

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MB and her sister, Walton, at the June 14 Komen Race for the Cure

On Saturday, I reached a personal record for running a 5 K. I ran those 3.1 miles in 34:53 … that’s 11.25 minutes per mile!

You’re probably thinking … alert Sir Roger Bannister! She’s under 12 minutes a mile!

If you’ve read the past few days’ posts, you’re familiar with my tale of the plodding athlete. I’ve never had speed, and not so much strength, either.

I do have endurance, and at least once a week I go out for seven or so miles. They’re run at a glacial pace … usually about 13-minutes per mile … with iPod tunes or just birds.

So coming in at nearly 11-minutes per mile was a big deal for this runner. Only two weeks ago, I ran the Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh at 39:37 … a 12.75-minute mile. My sister dusted me at 11 minutes — and it was her first race!

It’s exciting to know I can improve, even at my age and with my “record.” It’s easy for us to doubt our ability to change, especially when we’ve grown to know what’s possible — and not. I am amazed at the human body’s ability resiliency and ability to meet new demands.

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1 Comment

  1. Gene-o said,

    July 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Congratulations! Lesson learned: If we just push ourselves a little bit, we can do more than we ever dreamed … in sports, in writing, in life.