Sunday, April 18, 2010
Part of my journey is that while knowing I'm on a path of progress, I still must accept who I am and where I'm at in my journey. This I hope will allow me to not be discouraged and sabotage my efforts.
I walked a 5k yesterday. I can't remember doing this in years except that I may have completed one in 2002. Before that, I'm sure I did one in childhood...some kind of "walkathon" as they were called. I did my walk in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I didn't set out to make the 3.1 miles a cardio event as I wanted to complete the walk without a great deal of stress. I walked with my workout buddy and had great conversation. I am happy that I completed the event but the reality of where I finished and how my pace compares with others is disappointing. Most completed in 45 minutes. That's 5 minutes off each mile. I'm just not there.
I have been pleased with my efforts. I have seen progress as I increase my elliptical time and increase my intensity on the treadmill. I feel physically better than in years. It is however difficult not to compare myself with others that I perceive to be my age or in my weight range.
I must accept where I am and the progress that I have made. My only competition is myself. My challenge is to continue my own growth and my own progress. I did a great job yesterday.