I’m sure you all know by now that one of my goals this month is to hit the two mile marker on my runs and I’ve been working my butt off to get it even on the days I don’t feel like running. My record to date was 1.5 mile right under 19 minutes; but…….that was until yesterday when I went on my long run: 4.25 miles.
Something happened within me and I felt unstoppable, kind of like I grew a pair of wings. I just kept running. Before I knew it I had made it to 2.1 miles with a time of 27 minutes. Yes I did! Something I had no hope in doing anytime soon, I accomplished early on in the month (looks like I will be making a new goal now, whooohooo). I ran an extra 0.6 mile from my Thursday run. Oh man, I was excited. I ended up stopping because I had made it to my boyfriend’s job. He wanted to introduce me to his coworkers (from a distance).
I knew I had it in me, I just didn’t think it would come out at that given time. In my head, I was hopefully going to duplicate my last run and hopefully still have some fuel left for a few more minutes. I’ve been busting my butt off though, I guess it was just a matter of time.
How did I manage to pull it off? Maybe it was a combination of my super breakfast and the C4 I took before my run mixed with the NUUN. I love that stuff (although I didn’t drink it until after I made the first stop). Maybe it was my Fearless Motivation playlist that I love listening to on my runs. Maybe it’s just me getting mentally strong enough to break the barriers in my mind. All I know is that the whole time I kept telling myself “I’m not tired” “my legs are not hurting” ” I can do it, I can go longer”. Those are the small conversations I have with myself and it’s working.
I’m also happy with the fact that after I stopped and talked to my boyfriend for a few minutes and walked for a few more, I was able to pick up again without feeling the need to stop. My second stop came right when I got on the boardwalk by the beach. I couldn’t help but to take the time to relax and breathe in the fresh air of the sea, watch the children play on the boardwalk and just admire the beauty of this place (I love it here). After that, I got back on the road and finished my run strong. Usually I would find it super hard to get back to running once I stop for a walk break. Now I’m able to pick up right where I left off (yay me).
Oh, how I love the growth in me! Looking back at yesterday I ran at least 85% of this 4.25 miles (slowly but surely). It is amazing to see how a week ago, I was still struggling with one mile and asking myself if I’d ever be able to run a 5k nonstop. Now I know that as long as I genuinely put in the effort, I will do anything I set my mind to. You never know what you can accomplish until you push yourself past your comfort zone (that is my truth).
Things I learned from my runs this past week
- The only bad run is the one you didn’t have (although I was hurting at the beginning of the week and did not have much desire to run, I still trained which got me to set a personal record)
- It is all mental (we are our worst enemy. Our struggle to get better sometimes comes from the limitations we subject ourselves too. We have to break the mental barriers that we’ve built to get to where we want to be).
- It does not get easier, you get better. The road is not shorter, the obstacles are not easier, but when we put in the effort we will get better with time.
In other news, today was rest day from running, so I did a little bit of cross training. I went on a 11 miles bike ride this morning which felt great. I forgot how much fun riding could be. I need to make it a habit again.
Ok guys time for you to share. Anything exciting happened in your training this past week? Have you learned anything from your runs? Share with me below…
Until next time. Stay Healthy and Keep Running!