Tuesday, December 08, 2009
C25K - Thankyou for making me sweat!
I've realised yesterday was a dump day. You know those days, the days when everything seems too hard and you have absolutely no faith in your abilites? You just dump on yourself. All the horrible, mean, nasty things surface and you end up feeling like a complete failure and waste of space.
Well, today was different. I didn't start feeling any more positive than normal.
I got on the treadmill and decided that I was going to go for 12 minutes of running to beat my 11 minute stretch yesterday. I figured if I couldn't do the 20 I was going to up it a bit each day until I got there. The realisation and acceptance that I'm not a failure for being able to step up to the next day straight away was something that was hard to get to for me because a big part of keeping my motivation going is seeing results. If I don't see good results fast enough I get frustrated and give up.
So today, the goal was 12 minutes. I got to 10 and was tired, but I knew I kept going so I did. To 12 minutes. And then when I got there I decided I was only 3 minutes from doing 15. So I pushed myself and to 15 minutes!
I had to stop for 20-30 seconds to reposition my son, he's just started semi-crawling and was wiggling his way over to the treadmill lol. But I got straight back on (I hadn't turned the speed down, I just jumped straight back on the deck and kept going... tricky! Lol) and kept going.
I don't know that I could have made it to the full 15 minutes without that short break, although honestly I suspect that I could if I pushed it. Anyway, after that 15 minutes I walked for 2, and then ran for another 4 minutes making it 21 all up.
I'm very proud of myself, and that's not an emotion I allow myself often. I've never run for that long before. Which is a silly statement really because I've not been able to run more than about 4 minutes before anyway lol. But I just get suprised daily that I can run longer than I have before. I'm going to have to get over it if I want to run a 5k eventually lol.
15 minutes. Tomorrow I want to achieve 17 minutes, so that'll be the goal. I have high hopes that I'll be able to do the full 20 by the end of the week I've got a walk up to the shopping center yet so I'm getting a bit of a walk in too. I feel pumped and positive .
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