I just had to post this....I'm really excited for myself.
I last posted in this thread almost 2 years ago. I was shooting for couch to 5k and slowly working up to 10K. Things happened, fell off the training wagon, gained weight etc. blah blah. I decided back in January to do a half this coming October. I was so out of shape, 10 min mile just about killed me. I joined a gym, have been working out 4-5 times a week religiously, a lot of running/cardio.
This past weekend I decided to see where I'm at, since I have not attempted a timed a run since January. Started out at a slow measured pace, 70% heart rate(i use a chest strap). After 3 miles I looked at my watch and was astonished to see >26 mins and I barely broke a sweat. I was stoked and ramped it up to see if I could knock out another 3. I think I pushed it a little hard, knocked out the next one at 7:15 and finally finished at 50:32 for the 6 miles. Woohoo!!! My goal was 2:00 for the half, but it looks like I have to reassess, maybe a 1:45? I'm planning on joining a running group put together by the shoe store at the end of July to start seriously training for it. I'll share my progress as that comes along later. BTW, I've dropped 50lbs since January, lightest I've been in over 15 years.