Friday, June 6, 2014

Fitness Goals and Other Fallacies




My whole life I've had a very interesting relationship with running. Growing up I hated it - I was convinced there was something wrong with me that prevented me from being able to run. I considered having to run a mile at school - a SINGLE mile - to be physical torture. I would walk the entire thing and finish last in the class, even all the way through high school.

It was right after high school when I decided that I was being ridiculous and decided I would try to run a 5k. Most people are looking at this and probably going "a 5k? ANYONE can jog for three miles. It's not that hard," but for me I honestly think I could compare my goal with something like summiting Everest after having lost a leg to frostbite and losing my oxygen tank. Or something.

But regardless, I trained for over two months. When I started I was only able to run for a few minutes, but when I finished I ran my 5k in under 27 minutes flat. Whoo!

Anyway, I ended up continuing to train and got close to being able to run a 10k race. Then some combination of moving/school/work/stress/other lame excuses happened and I stopped running all together.

I just stopped!

Then a few years ago I essentially started over. I trained for months, made it to about a 10k and....you guessed it...stopped.

This has repeated SEVERAL times, and my bucket list goal of running a marathon seems so out of reach!

I felt like this was an appropriate post to write today because I'm about six weeks in to consistently running again, probably about four or five more weeks away from being able to do a 10k. I DON'T want to quit this time. I want to hold myself accountable!

I won't totally suck and give up again like I have 5+ times before in the past. I will complete a half marathon this year. I will. I WILL.

What are some of your fitness goals? How do you stay motivated? Do you use any training programs or apps? Let's talk fitness!

2 comments:

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

I would actually really like to do a tough mudder sometime next year, and I think I'm going to do Ragnar this year. I'm super excited about both. However what I wanted to say was that I know your pain. Maybe it has to do with having long legs, learning how to run was so hard, and I hated it while growing up. Then one day I figured out how to take long strides and use those babies and now I can't stop. My running time is my thinking/church/life time.

see what i sea designs said...

My fitness goals are so simple, it's almost laughable. I try to go for hour long walks at least three times a week. That's it. For me, that's usually a bit deal and has a lot more to do with vitamin D and getting out of the house than even the exercise aspect. Working from home, I get in the zone so often that I just forget to open the door and step out!

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