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Then I Ran 5 Miles

October 16, 2010

This morning I ran 5 Miles.
Wait, just one second here. 
Maybe you didn’t hear me.  I ran five miles.  Five. Miles. FIVE MILES.


After running two decent 4 milers this week, this morning’s training run has been looming over me like a rain cloud in Eeyore’s world.  The idea of my longest training run to date was slightly intimidating.  Jen recently told me that once I ran five miles, I would realize I could run anything.  But, could I run five miles? I almost expected that I would talk myself out of the run all together.  I imagined pushing snooze seven times, or deciding to go to the diner for a greasy breakfast instead of lacing up my sneakers. 


Because before I would have done that.   Before, I would have told myself I couldn’t.  Before, I would have talked myself out of trying.  Before, I would have just given up.


But sometimes, you surprise yourself.  Sometimes, you find a rhythm.  Sometimes, you push through.  Today I ran five miles, plus.  5.2 miles in 54:29. In 7 days, I will run six miles.  Then seven and a half. And on November 7th, I will run 9.3 miles.  


I’m not who I was before.  I’m who I am now.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2010 8:52 pm

    You are amazing. That is all.

  2. Jessica permalink
    October 16, 2010 8:57 pm

    That is so awesome!!! Go you!!

  3. October 16, 2010 8:57 pm

    Nice job dear! You rock!

  4. October 16, 2010 8:58 pm

    Nicely done! I’m new to running so 5 miles sounds like foreverrrrr! Hopefully I’ll be where you are some day. My 3 mile runs are about that same pace so you give me hope!

  5. October 16, 2010 9:01 pm

    this is awesome.

    I (used to be…) a runner. Then I had injuries.

    I am now *slowly* getting back into running. I miss that high. I miss finding that rhythm. Once I found that, I could run forever.

    I am both jealous of and HAPPY FOR you. 😀

  6. Jenn permalink
    October 16, 2010 9:14 pm

    Yeah Heather! Go you!

  7. October 16, 2010 9:24 pm

    WAY TO GO HEATHER! You are a rock star. No really. YOU ARE. Obtaining PDRs are not an easy feat because of the mind games. But you overcame those…and now you know YOU CAN DO IT! So proud 🙂

  8. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat permalink
    October 16, 2010 9:54 pm

    Way to go! I am totally going to think of you and your 5 mile run when I’m out doing my long run tomorrow. Sometimes all we need is a little positive thinking!

  9. October 16, 2010 9:55 pm

    um you are awesome. wooot woot you are inspiring us all! i need to get off of my butt tmrw and go for a run

  10. Jess permalink
    October 16, 2010 10:11 pm

    Good job! You go girl:)

  11. October 16, 2010 10:18 pm

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! You will be at 9.3 miles before you know it!

  12. October 16, 2010 11:34 pm

    I love this – so inspiring! Congrats on your 5 + miler. You are stronger than you think and it’s such an amazing feeling to figure that out when you hit these milestones! Great job. 🙂

  13. October 17, 2010 6:44 am

    So inspiring, congrats!!! I have yet to get to that 5 miles! Keep up the great work!!

  14. October 17, 2010 7:32 am

    Whoooo! Hoooo! Way to go girl! You rock!

  15. October 17, 2010 10:52 am

    So proud of you girlie!!! 😀

  16. October 17, 2010 11:47 am

    I read this last night on my phone but did not have the opportunity to comment until now. I am so proud of you!!! You are really making strides! 5 miles is no easy feat. I remember so vividly having that same mental block about 6 miles. It seemed impossible for so long. But once you break through it, and finally conquer the distance, you can do anything.

    I can’t wait to watch the rest of your progress.

  17. October 17, 2010 3:05 pm


  18. ShugarDAD permalink
    October 17, 2010 3:07 pm

    You CAN DO everything you set your mind to! Smile when you reach that 5 mile goal. I will. I’m so proud of how you continue to grow into who you are! BRAVO! 🙂 –Dad

  19. October 17, 2010 3:43 pm

    You rock Heather! Awesome job with the 5 miles!

  20. October 17, 2010 5:32 pm

    You are pretty amazing…to run 5 miles in such a good time. You must be a natural runner. So don’t dread your long runs, you are going to ROCK them!

  21. October 17, 2010 8:43 pm

    You’re awesome!!! And I can totally relate, today I ran my first marathon. Five years ago I couldn’t run a mile.

    I like the new me.

  22. October 17, 2010 8:57 pm

    Terrific! The Stockade-athon is one of my favorite races. I hope you have a great time!

  23. October 18, 2010 6:01 am

    Yay! That’s awesome! 5 miles seems like a lot to me. You are doing great.

  24. October 18, 2010 6:48 am

    Great job! Be proud of yourself and keep on running!

  25. October 18, 2010 8:42 am

    Amazing, Heather! I knew you could do it!!!! So proud of you!!! Can’t wait until Nov. 7th! 😀

  26. October 18, 2010 9:45 am

    You go, Heather! You conquered those 5 miles, and you Will conquer 9.3!

  27. October 18, 2010 9:53 am

    I told you – tell your mind to shut up and your feet to move.

    And you did.

    Congrats. ❤

  28. October 18, 2010 5:53 pm

    Heather. HEATHER! 5 miles is huge. I can just barely run a mile. How do you people do it??

    p.s. I got your letter, and it pretty much made my life. Seriously – your kind words mean the world to me. I am so blessed to have met you. LOVE! xoxo

  29. Timmy permalink
    October 24, 2010 6:26 pm

    Nicely done, just keep going now.


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