I decided to put 50 minutes on the treadmill and see how much of it I could run and how far I could go.

I ran the whole time. 4.8 miles!

I was doing about an 11 min pace for the first mile, 10.5 for the second, then settled in at 10 min/mile for the rest of the way. It got so much easier after the first two. And after I surpassed my previous nonstop running record of 3.76 miles… well, I don’t think I could have stopped if I tried.

My shins hurt off and on, and my right hip started hurting a bit toward the end, but the higher the mileage crept, the less I cared.

10 min/mile isn’t very fast, but for some reason the distance means more to me than the pace.

I made sure to note the time at 3.1 miles, the length of a 5K — 32:48, a new treadmill personal best.

I’m gonna crack 30 min on Saturday.

And I can’t wait to find out what the other side of 5 miles feels like.

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