Bravo Jason L

Congrats are in order for Jason L. who finally met his workout goal of running an 8 minute mile. which for the mathematically challenged is 7.5 MPH.

But, as in most things, persistence pays off. Over the last seven months, I’ve been gradually increasing my distances and speeds, working my way inch by inch towards the milestone I set so long ago. Along the way, there were periods of frantic progress, and periods of frustrating standstill; but I had that objective in mind, so I kept going back, hitting that treadmill three times a week, cranking the speed up another fraction, shaving another few seconds off my time — until last week, when I finally did it, I finally ran the mile in under eight minutes. (Just to see if I could keep it up, I kept going, and tacked on another half mile on top of that for just over 12 minutes 20 seconds.) And then, today, I did it again. So I can honestly say that I can do it, I can run an eight-minute mile. It hurts like hell, but I can do it.

I’ve been trying to run regularly (hell I even BOUGHT a treadmill at the beginning of the summer) and haven’t made it past twice a week yet so I think this is quite an accomplishment.

I’m one of those people that can only run on a treadmill for excercise. I need the feedback of seeing the miles and minutes tick off plus I have an easier time of keeping a pace than when I try to run outside. I am going to try to get back and pass my best running speed which was 3 miles in 30 minutes. This should be a challenge since I’m not sure my treadmill is calibrated correctly and is actually reporting slower speeds than I’m use to running.