C25K - Week 7, Day 3

"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
p.s.  My legs don't hurt today. :-)

Now I have a photo shoot today with a pre-schooler, so stinkiness be gone so I won't scare her away.  lol

Happy Saturday,

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  1. A big pat on the back Libby! I have to talk myself through hikes also. It's so worth it when you finish isn't it. :)

  2. Way to go Libby! I often do the same thing with readjusting the goal as I go. It gets hard out there no matter what distance you are running. Our minds seem to want to talk us out of continuing even though our bodies can handle it. I always have to remind myself of that. I talk to myself, saying things like: I am trained for this, my body can do this, I just feel like stopping, etc. I swear I probably sound like a crazy lady...thankfully it is all internal dialogue or they might come take me away. ;)
    You are doing great and you will do great at your race! Can't wait to keep hearing how it goes. Have a great weekend!

  3. Libby,

    I posted the pictures of Salvador/BA.
    When you can, look there!

  4. great job! I just read a post about mantras while running and I think I'm going to try it out. it seems like it worked for you too!

  5. Hi Libby, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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