I usually run three days a week, and like most things you do or see regularly, you don't always notice improvements. I use the Runkeeper app to track all of my activities. Runkeeper measures your distance using GPS, calculates calories, keeps track of my pace, and alerts me to change from walking to running intervals.
This past Saturday I ran 9 miles for the first time since my knee injury. I was able to compare my results on Runkeeper from when I first ran 9 miles back in April. The weather in April was pretty similar to this past Saturday (believe me weather makes a huge difference). So, in April I ran 9.02 miles in 2 hours 18 minutes and 54 seconds, which was an average pace of 15:24 minutes per mile, and an average speed of 3.89 miles per hour. The route was pretty flat with an incline of only 212 feet. I burned 975 calories on this run. After comparing my results I was super excited to see my improvements. I ran 9.03 miles in 2:07:54, which was an average pace of 14:10 minutes per mile, and an average speed of 4.23 miles per hour. There were a few inclines on this route so I climbed 489 feet. I worked my butt off on this run and yet I had a decrease in calories burned, only 862. I am not going to complain about burning fewer calories since I know the reason, I am 20 pounds lighter than I was in April!!
When I first started training for the Princess Half Marathon I was worried that I might not be able to keep up a 16 minute mile, and not be allowed to finish. I am no longer worried about not being able to finish. I love being about to look back and see how far I have come! I wonder just how much further I can go!