C25K - Week 7, Day 3


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"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

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5 comments:

  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. :)

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  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!

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  3. Libby,

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

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  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!

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