Last night I had every intention to do a little work before kissing the pillow, but before I knew it, I was out. And before I knew it, my cellphone alarm was ringing telling me it was time to get up. It's Saturday and it was only 7:15 A.M. Why should I have to get up? So I pulled the covers over my head to try and block out that sunshine, but about 15 minutes later, another alarm clock that I forgot to turn off in the bathroom started talking! "The time is 7:30 A.M. beep beep The time is 7:30 A.M.," she chirped. That was it. My Saturday sleep-in was officially over.
When I got up to turn that talking clock off, I remembered that I hadn't finished my Week 5 routine. Now I was motivated. I hurriedly got ready, slapped my hair in a ponytail, grabbed a water bottle and set off for my running spot. I made sure that my stopwatch was working correctly and that I didn't let it brush against me while running. I didn't want a repeat of Week 5, Day 2.
I did my 5 minute brisk walk in 1 lap around the track. Then it was time for the 20 minute jog. It took me a little while to get focused, find my stride and breathing pattern, but once I discovered it, I was good to go. I also pushed negative thoughts out of my mind like, "Can I do this by myself?" and " Will I be able to make it to the end?" I told myself not to worry about the time, but just set a goal and go for it. Once I jogged around the track the second time, I said to myself that I wouldn't look at my stopwatch until I had completed the 5th lap - which makes a mile. After that goal, I told myself, "All you have to do is make one more lap." I said that each time to myself until I had jogged my 20 minutes. But you know, when the 20 minutes was up, I was in the middle of the lap and that perfectionist side of me said, "You can finish this lap. Even it up." So I did. When I finished, I was 2 laps shy of 2 miles.
I could tell that there was some more in me. I could have run a little farther, especially when I told myself, "Just one more lap." Positive thinking. There is a scripture that relates to that principle. It states, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7) It can be interpreted that you become what it is you say and believe about yourself - good or bad. If you keep telling yourself that you can't do something, then your mind believes it and you're hindered by that and you aren't able to accomplish that goal. So, like the little engine that could..."I think I can, I believe I can, I know I can...I can!"