13 minutes ago
Here i am guys, checking the stats from my first run of 2018 when new england hit the mid-70s on february 21st! 😳
i tend to get competitive, mostly with myself. if i start a run thinking i want to do a certain number of miles, or do a mile under a certain time, it’s really hard for me when i can’t do it. why am i sharing this? because i think many of you probably can relate, but with social media it’s so easy to only share our successful workouts, our healthiest meals, and our most positive days. today, though, it’s time to get real.
i just went out for my run expecting to pick up where i left off in the fall (because i can’t get myself to run when it’s cold out like @runthejourney
), running 5ks a few times a week and at the speed i was doing them. boy was i wrong. i ran my first mile in 9 min 40 seconds, and i thought i was about to die. like overheating, heart rate through the roof. dead. well, i survived. i decided to take it easy on myself and understand that a few months off will mean i need to transition back into this habit. i ended up walking the next 1/2 mile, very slowly to recover, then when my body felt strong again i decided to run one more mile while focusing on how my body felt. i survived the second mile, again at about 9 min 40 seconds.
moral of the story? don’t push yourself too hard. don’t get mad at yourself if you don’t achieve the goal you hoped to achieve every single time. do what feels good. would i have felt awesome knowing i finished a 5k in good time today? heck yea! do i feel awesome knowing i at least got outside and moved my body? yep! that’s what matters.
don’t compare yourself to others, and always remember to give yourself a pat on the back for your effort. you deserve it! 👏🏼😎