I love when I surprise myself!
I've said it before, I'm not a runner. I love weight training or a group fitness class. I enjoy going for walks or walking on my treadmill (because I can read while I walk). I would run on my treadmill on days that I couldn't do anything else. So this summer I committed to running a 5K so I started running outside and I'm enjoying it. I could do one mile and still be smiling. Than I started going 2 miles. That was fine but I had to really try to keep my mind in the right mood. Even with my music I had a "mind" fight on my hands. I stuck at 2 miles for months. I kept telling myself that I couldn't run more than that. One day I went on a 2 mile run, during the run I decided to take a different turn at the corner. I ended up running 2.6 miles. I was so thrilled. I finally ran more than 2 miles and didn't die. Over the next few weeks I would rotate between 1, 2 and 2.6 miles.
Then reality hit me. My 5K is less then 2 weeks away and I haven't run 5K yet. The thought of running over 3 miles was not something I was looking foward to doing, but I need to do it before the race. I headed out to a local bike trail to run a 4 mile run. This is more than the race but I figure if I can do that then the race will not be a problem. I was so thirsty for most of the race and the wind was pickiing up. I had to keep tlaking to myself to just keep running. I really didn't think it would be a good run. But this is where I surprised myself, when I hit the stop button on my watch and saw my time - 36:32! My first thought was WHAT? Then I questioned the distance. I checked it on Map My Run and yes it was still 4 miles.
That's when I realized how much stronger I have become and I was very proud that I just kept going. It was a wonderful feeling.
I'm really looking forward to my 5K on September 1st.
Just keep Going!! You can do it!
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