the problem with landmarks
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
so today, i went walking with Rachel. i generally always walk alone cause i'm usually home alone, not cause i don't like people coming along....
when i walk outside, i wear a watch and i plan to go for 45 minutes. i wear my pedometer and i know my landmarks. when i get to the desired place i know i've gone a mile and it's time to turn back or circle round to get home. when i get on the treadmill, i set it for 45 minutes. i know i can watch two episodes of a tv program off a dvd set in that time plus a smidge extra and fill the time.
i discovered today that i am putting limits on myself. i get to the mile marker and turn back. i look at my watch and know how much longer i have to fill the 45 minutes. i don't even try to go farther! the time is up and i'm home. time to quit!
at least on the treadmill i just go as far as i can in the allotted time i set. that's a smidge better. the other day though, i was getting tired/bored cause my show was over and i slowed down to make 2 miles fit into the time! i felt that was sufficient!
that's over a 20 minute mile!!! is that even trying????
today i went with a friend and we got a kick out of racing each other. we set our path which we knew was two miles but since we were having fun running, we were done in 31 minutes! that's a 15.5 minute mile!!!! that's way better. (not great for a run but better overall)
why have i put myself in a box??? i wish i could run with her everyday cause it was so fun. we had conversation, laughter and challenge. we supported each other and felt so good when we got home.