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.