I went out for a leisurely run today, expecting to do about as well as normal. I have my Garmin set in half mile intervals, which means that every half mile it beeps and vibrates, and records how long it took to go that specific half mile, along with the cumulative time. My very best ever recorded mile, while running outside, was 8:23. When I first saw that (at the end of each run it lets you know if you’ve gotten a personal record) I was shocked! How on earth could I have run that fast over that distance!? When I later looked at the half mile splits on the Garmin Connect website, it let me know that I ran them in 4:12 and 4:10. I was very proud of those times.
So like I said, today I went out for a leisurely run. Well at the first half mile notification, I was at 4:13. I thought to myself that if I could do that again, but just 4 seconds faster, I would get a new personal record. No problem! I was feeling great. So I picked it up a bit. Then I heard it go off for the 1 mile mark. I immediately stopped it because I was way out of breath, and when I looked at it, it had a big fat 3:43 across the screen. I did a mile in 7:57. Uhm, what!?!?!?! The rest of the run was slower of course, but still not bad. So when I went to save the workout on the watch, the personal record medal showed up. It let me know that my new personal mile record was 7:55. Oh my freaking gosh!!! So much for a leisurely run!