Lunchtime Run: 4.36 miles; 30 min!!!
I just proved two things to myself at lunch:
1. I can run super fast when I try
2. Wearing black booty shorts makes a white girl look even whiter. The reflection of the sun off of my white legs could have blinded a few folks. Sorry peeps!
The awesome thing about running on my lunch today was I HAD TO PUSH MYSELF. I knew exactly what route I was going to run, how long I had and I had to fit a quick shower in. Friends, I did all of this in 1:10!
I am going to give credit where credit is due. Last night on the Biggest Loser I watched people on the black team running at a 12 on the treadmill. A 12!! Now, they were only doing this for 20 seconds at a time, but the point was they COULD do it. What Jillian Michaels said to them stuck with me and I hope it sticks with you as well. “See, you CAN do it. You never thought you could. What else have you been half assing?”
I asked myself the same question.
When I injured my foot last June I wondered if I would ever be able to run again. I was so depressed, going through therapy and stuck on a recumbent bike. My doc assured me that the therapy would work and that I needed to be patient. 8 weeks later I was able to start running again. Yes, I was running !! ; But I couldn’t focus. I was waiting for pain. “Does my foot hurt? Does my knee hurt? I think it hurts.” I was TALKING myself back into my injury. Can you say hindering my ability??? I slowed my pace way down and made excuse after excuse. Now, there are times when it makes sense for me to run at a slower pace. I naturally run longer distances slower as I need to endure. But I have ZERO excuse for going 50% . I run because I love it. I run because I can. I run to inspire. I will run until I can’t run anymore (like when I’m 100 years old).
Today I wanted to prove to myself that I can run fast and it’s not going to hurt and it’s going to help me with training to endure on the long run. My pace today was 6:59!!!!! I DID IT! I broke a 7 min mile for 4.36 miles, outside, in a headwind on my hilly loop. I haven’t done that in a YEAR. ONE YEAR! Do I expect to run that fast every time? HECK NO! I would BURN OUT. But the point is I was holding myself back for NO REASON. We all do this at sometime- now was my time to BREAK FREE!…and to show of my sexy jar of white mayonnaise (AKA legs).
So my question to you this afternoon:
Are you giving 100% of yourself to YOU every time? If not, what is holding you back??