Today’s post is a bit more like reading a journal so bear with me. I’m working on a goal here and need all of you to hold me accountable!
Ever since I have started seriously exercising (about 10 years ago), I have tried to run. I run for a minute and give up in frustration because I just don’t enjoy it. Where’s the runners high? Where’s that feeling of exhilaration that I hear about from all my runner friends? I just get cranky because I just can’t do it. I know,” can’t means won'”t so I decided to give it one last shot.
If I was going to attempt to be a runner, I needed a goal. I am taking this in baby-steps so my goal is a 5k. (I have done one 5k before, but I don’t think the course was that long and I ended up walking a lot of it.) 5k= 3 miles plus 188 yards.
There is a Packers 5k at Lambeau Field in July and that seemed to be a good way to start. Run through Lambeau, get a free t-shirt…this will be fun. I mentioned it to my boss who said “get 50 people together as a team and I’ll pay the entry fee.” Well, this is getting serious! If I organize a team, I have to run it. In my excitement, I signed myself up for the 9-11 minute wave even though I had never actually run 1 whole mile in my life, let alone 3! Whew- that’s what’s known as setting a goal. I know, it can be called other things but I’m calling it a goal!
I first had to figure out why I can’t (won’t ) run. My cardio endurance is good from cycling, my legs, knees, and hips are fine so there is no physical reason why I can’t run. Shoot, that means it’s all in my head which is probably harder to fix than if it were a physical issue.
I bought some new shoes, cranked up the ipod and headed out for my first serious stab at running. I read a few articles about running for a length of time vs running for distance and went with time. How about 2 minutes? haha…seriously, I am not kidding- 2 minutes and I was ready to stop. But I didn’t, I made myself do 5. I would like to say I kept going but I slowed to a brisk walk at 5 minutes. I don’t want to be too crazy!
I’ve been going for a run almost daily for about 2 weeks now and am excited that I can now do 3 miles in just under 30 minutes without stopping. This is on the treadmill in the gym, running outside is still a bit of a challenge with all the hills and wind and stuff. (I love excuses). I am getting outside more and pushing myself to run 15 minutes before taking a walk break. I still haven’t experienced that running high, but it is very exciting to see the treadmill hit 3 miles. Small victories are awesome! The next goal is to run 3 miles (in a row!) outside, and then see if I can maybe speed it up a bit.
I’m a big believer in setting reasonable goals and sticking to them. Even if you are in good shape, it’s fun to give yourself a challenge. If you aren’t in such good shape, goals can help you get there. Sometimes a goal is as easy as a walk around the block before dinner. Then make it 2 blocks, then 3….you see where this is going. We can’t be awesome right out of the gate–sometimes we need to build up to it!
What’s your goal? Don’t have one? Why not?