At my gym they are having a Top Dog Challenge this month with gold, silver & bronze levels for a variety of workouts including he-man stuff like bench pressing etc, but there is a 1 mile & a 5K challenge too. For the 1 mile, for a woman the benchmark levels are Gold: 7:30 min; Silver: 8:00; Bronze 9:30. Yesterday I went with the intention of trying to just get on the board & maybe if the gods shined on me break a 9 minute mile. Well, the Gods did shine on me & I pulled a 7:36 out of my ass! The only one more surprised than me was the exercise physiologist who was timing me....she wasn't paying too much attention because we both had no expectation for that kind of time & actually I thought the Gold was 7minutes even. So I miss it by 6 seconds!!! I was thrilled & frankly, fairly astonished. But it kept bugging me all through the night so back I went today to try it again. Success!!!! Today I was 6 seconds on the right side of goal! Yay! Never thought I'd see a 7:24 mile, but today it was me!
I know I can't sustain that pace, and had to hold on to the treadmill handles in order to keep my spazzy self from flying off the back at times, but it's nice to know that this old bod can move if it has to!