Quote of the day: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." - William Faulkner
My training program started as more of a walk with some jogging sprinkled in here and there back in May. My starting goal was to at minimum be out moving for an hour running for a few minutes here and there during that hour. I have been running about 4-5 days a week. 6 days if I muster the energy. Increasing my running intervals has been a slow process but I have progressed since May and have now started running for 10 min segments, walk for 1 min run 5-10 min. I also timed my mile for the first time last weekend! I can run a mile in 11 minutes.
I couldn't do this when I started! I am very proud of my progress. One of the biggest challenges that I face is mental. There has never been a time in my life when I had an athletic type goal. I have never participated in a sport during school. Now, I am pushing myself to prove that I can do it! I have to get around the mental block that I am not that good. There is always going to be people around me who are mostlikely better than me. They can beat my mile no problem, they can run further than me and I am no competition for them. What I like about the quote that I started this blog with is that it encourages me to forget everyone else and focus on myself. I can see myself improve even if in small ways! I can run for 10 min straight now! For me that is fantastic! Soon I will be running 2 miles straight, then 3 and finally I will reach my goal to run a 5K.