Behold, today's 5k:
Also note the time of my last 5k posted (3.1 in 37:08).
That is almost a full minute improvement over last time!
So I realize that running on the treadmill is not the same as outside. I do plan to get in a few outdoor runs between now and the 5k (which is in less than 2 weeks). But I figure treadmill is certainly better than nothing. Not to mention that when I first started trying to lose weight, I could barely run 4.5 mph for 20 seconds, let alone a 5 mph or 5.5 mph for over 35 minutes!
I also realize that at this point in the game, for me, stamina is more important than speed. However I can't help wanting to try and make a personal best every time. It is fun to try and beat myself. I really truly enjoy it. I really struggle with letting myself just go and get to the distance I need to be at and not worrying as much about my speed.
Oh well...I guess however you look at it, my fitness level (and of course, my health) has improved a ton since 6 months ago at this time. That is all that matters, and if I just keep focusing on the healthy changes I have made, the scale is inevitably going to follow. I hope!