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The middle miles

Hi FitFooters! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

I raced a 5k yesterday.

My goal was to run under 18 minutes and โœ… (17:49, officially, I believe - yay!)

The whole experience was fun (fun being a relative term ๐Ÿ˜†), fast (again, a relative assessment ๐Ÿ”ฅ), and surprisingly fascinating (to those of us who enjoy thinking about running and how to improve, etc. ๐Ÿค”)

So โ€œusuallyโ€ running a great race happens because your pacing was very even (all miles are within a couple seconds of each other - nice and smooth) OR you somehow perform the wizardry that is negative splitting (last miles are faster than beginning miles - I may have successfully done this 3 times in the last 25 years of racing -VERY tricky to accomplish- hats off to those who do this on reg ๐Ÿงข)

Neither of these scenarios happened yesterday. Not even close. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

Here are my splits for each mile of the 5k (pretty flat course, all on pavement or sidewalk, two hairpin turns, but overall gentle turns):

mile 1: 5:36.6

mile 2: 6:02.0

mile 3: 5:39.4

0.1: 33.3

If you arenโ€™t familiar with mile paces, those numbers may look very foreign and not mean much, (which is totally fine - just stay with me - I will wrap this story up nicely in a second ๐ŸŽ) but I would imagine most people would pause and ask โ€œhmmm, whatโ€™s up with mile 2โ€?!?

Which is a totally fair question. There were no significant hills in the second mile, I didnโ€™t stop to tie my shoe, I didnโ€™t fall, I didnโ€™t have to ford a stream or scale a wall. None of that.

I just hit a rough patch, let off the gas (pretty significantly, I must admit), and needed to collect myself and coach my brain to get it back together...

...which I successfully did and finished up the mission and it all turned out lovely. ๐Ÿฅฐ

(Ironically, my average pace was 5:45/5:46 per mile, but I didnโ€˜t actually run any miles at that pace). ๐Ÿคฏ

My point is this: oftentimes we are just in those โ€œmiddle milesโ€ of life.

We set goals or have a plan or work towards something, start off with lots of momentum and spunk (or with piss and vinegar as my coach likes to say) only to need to take a metaphorical nap in the middle and then regroup ourselves for the final push. ๐Ÿ›Œ

If that describes you at the moment, take heart.

You can be sort of a hot mess and have your plans change several times and still achieve the things that are important to you.

You may just need to take a deep breath and slow down to speed up.

Let me know if you need some great shoes to help you get through whatever mile of life you are currently in. I would be delighted to assist you. Life is more enjoyable with comfortable feet. ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿฟ ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿป

Personalized socially distanced shoe fittings available for this week! Email me at to set up an appointment!

(Remember to always bring snacks โฌ†๏ธ )

Stay well, FitFooters!

:) Betsy

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