So...I may do a lot of high intensity workouts. (SIDE NOTE: Insanity is being placed on hold. More about that later) . I do Turbo Fire and have done Insanity workouts and I workout for extended periods of time BUT one thing that has always been a HUGE challenge for me is running. A while back, I started training to run the Weight Watchers 5K and I ended up hurting my foot early on in the training.......then my back........but that's another story. So, I put the training on hold. After I got better (for the most part), I just never went back to it. I jogged on occasion but it wasn't much.
The longest I have been able to run without having to stop was 1/4 mile and at the VERY VERY MOST 5 minutes at a slow rate of speed. That was until yesterday afternoon.
I got on the treadmill yesterday with no clear expectations. I just knew I was going to workout for a half hour and do whatever needed to be done to break a sweat.
Here is how the conversation with myself went down:
"Okay...let's warm up and see how we feel - 5 minutes"
"Feeling good...jog for a bit...see if you can go 5 minutes of jogging...you can do that"
"You know what? Let's worry about distance instead of time"
"Run for 1/4 mile, Krystle. You can do that"
"Okay....coming up on 1/4 mile....let's try to do a half. I know it's a stretch but you can do it! Just focus!"
"Oh wow....almost at 1/2 mile and you're not completely winded??? Might as well keep going!!"
"1/2 mile....shoot....you've never run a mile in your life....but you're half way there now - KEEP GOING!"
"5 minutes has passed...but we're not worried about time...just keep pushing"
"SWEAT IS JUST FAT CELLS CRYING - KEEP GOING!"
"Can you make it to 3/4 mile??? YES, YES you can! You made it this far!! CHECK YOU OUT!"
"We're cruising! 6.0mph ??! Get em girl!"
"How would it feel to announce to your blog readers that you ran a mile today for the first time ever?"
"I know...it would feel freakin' GREAT"
"100lbs.....100lbs....you're in a tunnel....the 100lbs light is in view....run for it, Krystle! Go GET IT!"
"PAIN IS TEMPORARY, PRIDE IS FOREVER"
"100lbs! 100 freaking pounds.....make those fat cells CRY!! CRY BABY CRY!!"
"Holy sh*t! You're almost there!!!"
"GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!"
"YOU'RE NOT TIRED!!!!!!!"
"I SAID......YOU'RE NOT TIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!!"
"Krystle Bailey - YOU have just completed your first ONE MILE RUN for the first time in YOUR LIFE!!!"
and then I let out a big WHOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! (Except that part wasn't in my head...that was out loud!" and a few tears and a BIG smile!!!!
This is what I'm talking about. I AM my own coach. There was nobody in that gym with me pushing me. There was nobody reminding me of what I'm working for. There was nobody yelling in my face to keep going. Nobody except MYSELF! I pushed through the pain. I pushed through the doubt. I pushed and I pushed and I overcame and for the first time in my life, I ran a mile - and it didn't take me 45 minutes like it did in high school!! It actually took me 10 minutes!!
|then I went and took this picture of my proud face!|
*I can't wait to do it again tonight!*
Be your own coach. Nobody can do this for YOU except YOU!