This week I decided to try running again and set a short term goal for myself to run a 5K. I would eventually like to run a marathon, but "first things first" as they say.
I found a really cool (and free) Podcast that helps train for a 5K. It uses incremental walk/run intervals taking 8 weeks to complete. It has great motivating music and a coach that chimes in every once in a while to motivate and talk you through each interval. Working at a minimum of 3 days a week using this system, I should be able to run a full 30 minutes without stopping. I completed 4 days of training this week.
I don't know if you have ever tried running before, but when I run, it takes a lot of "Self-talk" to get me through. It isn't easy when you first start out, so I mentally coached myself to complete each interval this week using the maximum resources, and making the best of my time. I wanted to make every step count.
For example, I learned using Spark-coach (gotta try it if you haven't already) about visualization. I visualized what my body might look like after completing this 5K training program and actually running a 5K. I visualized what my muscle tone may look like. How easy breathing up a flight of stairs will eventually be. I coached my body further by concentrating on holding my abdominal muscles in, keeping my buttocks tight, holding my shoulders back and really just keeping my posture and holding my head up high. I felt the energy it took to do these extra things and I really think it paid off. I lost three pounds and I already feel better about myself.
I do my training on a local High School track. They upgraded a few years ago, installing the rubberized track so it is easy on my joints and my body. Each morning toward the end of my training day, cheerleaders, track members, marching band, drill team, and other pep type groups arrived for practice. Upon arrival, they sat on the bleachers and waited for their teachers to arrive and do roll call. I immediately became very self-conscious because I am much older, have a much fuller figure, and not I'm not in top physical shape.......... yet! What are they thinking? Are they laughing at me or talking about me? Do they think I'm crazy?
Again, I had to coach myself. First, gave myself a pat on the back for getting out there at 7:00 in the morning and hey......I'm doing this! I reversed my thinking by telling myself that they agreed that it was a good thing I'm out there doing this. What does it matter anyway? This is not about them. It is about me, why I am making better choices and changing my life for the better. Better yet, I'm not the ones sitting on the bleachers, right?
What type of things run through your mind when you run or do any exercise for that matter? I hope you'll coach yourself with positive thoughts and aspirations and keep your head up. If you have to pat yourself on the back after every stride, pull-up, push-up crunch, or whatever; do it! It WILL help you get through. Think positive and tell yourself
I hope to run a 5K on October 20 and I promise to keep you posted on my progress each week. Until then, I'll keep my
shoes on and take it one step at a time.
Thanks for reading!