Posted by : RunnerBecky Sunday, February 10, 2013

Let me take you back to middle school. Why anyone would want to go back to those years of nerdy insecurity is beyond me, BUT my story is quite exciting. I started running in middle school. I grew up loving dancing and cheerleading, but didn't start running until the Turkey Trot.

That's right, a 1 mile run in front of the entire school the day before Thanksgiving vacation. If you know me you know I am incredibly competitive, mainly with myself. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to push myself. Imagine me in the 6th grade. Back then I was super skinny with a mouth full of braces. The night before the Turkey Trot I suited up in my purple and white (school colors) wind-suit (yikes! Okay, try NOT to picture that) and did one whole lap around my neighborhood of training. I was not physically ready for the race and came in 9th place out of the 6th grade girls. I think my time was 9 minutes or something like that.

THE NEXT YEAR. 7th grade. I place 2nd in the Turkey Trot with a time of 7:59. Not too shabby. The next year, 8th grade, I placed 2nd AGAIN with an even better time of 7:27. My friend Shawna ALWAYS placed 1st and was way ahead of me and my friend Allison always placed 3rd right behind me.

7:27 had been my best mile documented, that is, until TODAY. I had never just run a mile as fast as I could. I have been running and training with lots of speed work so today I just tried to run as fast as I could for a mile.

Would you believe me if I told you I RAN A MILE in 6:58? I am just as shocked as you are but boy am I excited! I even logged two more miles after that making my 3 mile run 23:33. This is just crazy! If I was a part of the I PHONE world I would have snapped a picture to document it. As it is, I am a member of the flip phone world and would have no means of posting such a photo. You'll just have to take my word for it. I am pretty credible.

So I realize hardcore runner run sub 7 minute miles for a marathon distance, THAT IS IMPRESSIVE. I would by no means put myself in that hardcore category, which is why I am just super stoked with my sub 7 minute mile. It is the small things in life, people. :)

I will do better at snapping pictures!

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