STOP LIMITING YOURSELF!!!
Most of the time when I write a post on here, I am not only telling these things to whoever reads this, but I am pretty much telling these things to myself.
Today is no exception.
When I started running 6 years ago, I was slow. Like, real slow. But I kept running & got faster. I still kept walking a lot, but I was 'fast' in terms of what I had started out as. And I was happy with that faster pace. Comfortable. I would go into a race with 3 goals (Good, Great, Awesome), and most of the time I fell into the "Great" category. Which was FINE....but looking back on that now, it frustrates me.
At the end of 2017, I found an article in Runner's World that outlined a simple 3-2-1 method for speed work on the treadmill to help you get faster. One of my goals for 2018 was going to be to run a 30 minute 3-miler, and then a 3 minute 5K, so I figured this would be great to try out! I tried it once before New Years and was surprised to get to 2.72 miles in 30 minutes. Not too bad, right?
Fast forward to February of this year. I had been testing the waters a few times a week with the 3-2-1 method, but decided to try adding an extra minute on there, so 4-3-2-1. I ran my fastest 5K EVER at 31:42!!! It was the BEST feeling in the world!!!
And then I got mad.
I got mad because how many times have I run on those treadmills and NOT pushed myself? How many times have I been running outside and just gave myself a break when I felt like it instead of pushing through the uncomfortable? How many times did I just give up because I didn't think I could run that fast? Too many to count.
I did a few sessions of Personal Training for the first time ever from January-March this year, because I wanted to challenge myself. My trainer, Jarod, pushed me a lot during those sessions and I learned a lot. But mostly, I learned that I can absolutely endure what I put my body through with running. He taught me things like going from burpees right into sprints (trust me, I wanted to barf every time...) will help get your muscles used to that tired feeling and know that you can keep going. Your body and mind are stronger than you think!
I stopped limiting myself. And then I started running my fastest times ever in my life.
Your mind is stronger than you think. If we all kept giving up the first time we tried something hard, nothing would ever get done in life. Our bodies are beautiful masterpieces that can do so many amazing things and we should celebrate that, not put limits on it!