In my last stay in shape post, I talked about how in order to reach my fitness goals I had to stop making excuses. Back when I wrote that post, I had just run a 10k. Now I have a casual birthday half marathon under my belt and am training for an actual half marathon race in October. Not making excuses has been a really important part of making it to that point!
But, it’s not the only thing I’ve learned; far from it, in fact. So here’s part two – with another really important lesson: it’s going to suck at first. Probably for a while. Keep doing it anyway.
On June 2nd I ran 1.31 miles. It took me 14 minutes and 30 seconds with an average pace of 11:05 miles/minute, and when I stopped I thought that I might die. With that experience behind me, I decided to set a somewhat conservative but attainable goal of being able to run a 10k (6.2 miles) by the beginning of August.
On June 26th, I ran that 10k in a little over an hour with an average pace of 11:03 minutes/mile, and when I stopped I felt phenomenal – I even half danced the rest of the way home.
Reaching my goal, especially in less than half the amount of time I had planned, felt amazing. Fantastic, in fact. And in getting there, I’ve learned some things about establishing habits and routines that started in an effort to get in better shape, but that I now see can be applied to pretty much any part of responsible adulting. So here’s what I’ve learned (part one):