I PR’ed on my mile time!

Warning: those of you who are currently snowed in might feel slight rage when you see my photos today.

On Sunday I had my morning client, a woman who is working towards running a continuous 5k. We run around one of the most beautiful little islands in Miami, and the views are always gorgeous.

This Sunday was breathtaking. The air was crisp, the sun was shining, and the water was like glass.

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After we ran our normal route, she headed home and I was kind of itching to run just one more loop around the island. I didn’t take any photos while she and I were together and it would have been a travesty to not document the scenery that day, so of course I had to do that last lap.

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Like a child bursting with energy, I bounded off on my loop, happy as a clam.

As I was running I noticed that it felt like I was running at a faster speed than normal. It was probably the weather, but either way, I was doing it! I looked down to check my speed and time, and it was then that I realized…

I could PR this mile.

For those of you who don’t know the “PR” lingo, it stands for personal record. I never really focus on or track PRs but this mile was special. I knew it could happen.

So what did I do? I picked up the speed…and I PR’ed!

My final 1-mile time–7:59.

Yup, I just sneaked under the 8-minute mark. HUGE achievement for me.

I remember the first time I ever ran a mile. In elementary school they just kind of throw it at you, timing everyone and recording the results. I can’t remember what grade we were in, maybe 3rd or 4th, but it was a big deal for me. I remember not really enjoying the act of running, and feeling kind of bad about being slower than a lot of my class.

Shockingly I do remember the ballpark of my mile time from that first time: 8:20.

Here’s why breaking 8 minutes is such a big deal to me–I’ve never done it! I’ve never thought of myself as a fast runner or anything, so having a mile tracked in the 7-minutes is monumental. It also now gives me something that I want to work on–speed.

What’s your best mile time? Any times you’re working towards?