I ran, therefore I am . . . nuts?

Got up this morning and was starting my Christmas Eve with cardio. With 16 weeks to go before the competition, my cardio routine is very consistent and I won’t miss a workout.  I got on the treadmill and as those of you  who have read my blogs before know – I don’t run.  I was set to do my walk/run combination and maybe push it a bit and run the mile and quarter/walk a half mile routine that I did a few weeks ago.

To be honest I didn’t feel like running at all and was thinking maybe I  could just walk this morning.  But I started out running and in a few minutes was in the mind-set that  I could run the mile and a quarter.  Hit that point and I thought let’s push it for another quarter-mile,  then another, then another.  All of a sudden I am thinking let’s run my very own 5k – 3.1 miles.

So I kept running.  It wasn’t easy.  There were quite a few points where I had to really block out the negative thoughts (ok that’s enough running, let’s walk now) and get my mind focused on the positive and keep moving forward.

Not only did I hit the 3.1 mark I kept running until I hit 3.51 and then I slowed it down to a walk.   I ran at a 5.5 mph on the treadmill, which I imagine for those of you that run, even  a little, that probably isn’t very good.  But for me that is the farthest I have ever run at one time  – and I wasn’t even planning on it.  Once I started I started thinking about how  I would challenge myself today.  The more I ran the more the idea of running my own 5k became my focus.

I thought I would share this with you.  It’s not anything great.  I am sure those of you that run are laughing at me and that’s ok – I am somewhat laughing at myself when i imagine me running too!   I am no runner, but this morning’s workout was real and I am thrilled with myself that I could run that far.  If I can  do it, anyone can do it.

Enjoy your holidays.  Stay focused on your goals. Keep up the good work.

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