My very first ever race/mile run was at last year's Grand Blue Mile. It's an awesome local event meant to help average people think about health & wellness through a simple one mile run/walk. When I started running last March, I never dreamed that it would be something I would still be doing (more on the ridiculous way I roped myself into running here), but I can honestly say that I ALMOST enjoy it now.
As Grand Blue Mile is just around the corner (April 24th for you locals...come on...you know you want to), I've found myself setting a totally new kind of goal for myself. I have run exactly four races & each time, my goal was to finish come hell or high water (both of which DID come at Living History Farms). This year, I want to run that one single mile for a specific time. Last year, for my very first mile I ever ran straight (I trained with Couch to 5K that uses intervals) I finished with a time just under 11 minutes. There is no way I'll ever be more proud of a finish than that. That being said, this year I'm gunning for a 9 minute mile, & here's my secret weapon (skip to 7:19 for my secret weapon or give into all of the Manilow-y fun for a bouncing good pick-me-up to your Friday slump):
Me + Jump Shout Boogie = perfect 9 minute mile pace for my stride. As a former marching band geek, my feet practically go on autopilot when they find a driving beat & this just makes me move. Plus, it puts a smile on my face EVERY time...but I'm not sure if that's because of the peppy song or the image of Barry's flowing locks. Good times.