"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13 KJV)
I literally kept repeating that to myself the entire time this morning. Before I set out in my usual stomping ground - the cemetery - I set a goal. Today, I told myself, I have to get two full laps around the cemetery and then aim for a third one. Now at some point during the second lap, I readjusted my plan and said, "just get one foot past the place you started." Then when I reached that place, I told myself, "just go up one more of these mini trails," then, "just go down one more." When I saw that I was almost at the green and white gazebo again, I said, "just get to that gazebo and start returning back up the hill and you've passed your goal...don't stop." Everytime I wanted to give in, I kept repeating that scripture. Truth be told, first I said, "I can do this." Then I corrected it by saying, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Before today I realized that something was going to have to change or I'd be stuck in the same 2.39-2.42 mileage all the way up to my event date. What changed? Today I didn't stretch. I jumped up and down a couple of times, shook out my legs, then got going. During that first 5 minute brisk walk, I was power walking it. Before I think my "brisk walk" was more of a "cool down" walk. When I ran down a hill, I let the hill carry me down, but I was very conscious of making sure that my breathing was even although I was going faster than I have in the past. I also sped up during turns and pushed myself to go faster at the base of the hills, so that I would have more energy to get up the hill. It's purely physics.
Anyhoo, today I made 2.58 miles! I'm getting closer to my 5K dreams. 2 more weeks to go, y'all. :-)
|Week 7, Day 3|
Now I have a photo shoot today with a pre-schooler, so stinkiness be gone so I won't scare her away. lol