When I started running 9 years ago, I was averaging around a 13 minute mile. I’ve done a couple marathons 6-7 years back (at around an 11-12 minute pace), but over the past 3-4 years, I’ve been going through some family stuff (infidelity and divorce, death of a parent) where I’ve kind of let myself go, stopped running, and gained quite a bit of weight.
I love running, and I’ve really just gotten back into it over the past month or so. I’ve also been counting calories and intermittent fasting, losing 10 pounds in the past 2 weeks. This morning I completed a 10k at an 8:31 pace, which is way faster than I ever run, or even imagined possible when I first started. It was a personal best!
Bonus: After stopping at the post race refreshments, I started walking over to meet some friends. My running goals are usually just to do better than I had before…but as I was getting back toward the finish line, I heard my ex wife’s affair partner’s name over the speaker and saw him cross the finish line a good 8-10 minutes later than me. Kind of a vain victory, but I kicked his ass at this race, and I’ll take it.
Edited to add a tip: I found a pace that felt a bit harder than comfy, then when I settled I picked a pack of runners to follow the rest of the race. It worked great, because it kept me on pace and encouraged me to keep up when I got tired.