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.

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    Wow! I think its just great that you did it, honestly. You had a good time, you finished it to the end and I bet you felt better too. Isn't that worth a lot? DON'T COMPARE IT'S NOT FAIR - to anyone else and especially not to you. Thanks for posting on my blog. I really appreciated that. emoticon
    2863 days ago
    You have to also remember to give yourself a pat on the back when you deserve one, and you certainly deserve one for completing this 5k. I've learned that I really shouldn't compare myself to others, because I don't know where they are in their fitness journey. Maybe they have been at it much longer than I have, or maybe they don't have the medical limitations that I have.

    You're definitely right to be pleased with your progress, and to look at how far you've come! I can see so many changes in you! I hope that you see them as well.

    Congratulations, my friend. I am sooo impressed!
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    2866 days ago
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