Friday, April 15, 2011

15 minutes, 37 seconds

I don't hate running, but I do hate disappointment, even more so when it's me I'm disappointed in. When I'm running/jogging, my brain tells me to go faster, "you can do better than this," but my body says "woah, hang on, I'm new to this and doing my best". I have to remind myself I am new to running. For some, it might be an easy hobby to start up, but for others, like myself, it takes hard work and some serious patience. While my body keeps saying "look, I am doing better each day", but mind keeps wanting to compare my abilities to others and say 'it's not good enough'. I need to stop that! I have to find a balance between pushing myself and being patient with my improvement. Last week it took me 20.5 minutes to run my first mile, yesterday I did it in 15 minutes and 37 seconds, almost 5 minutes faster than last week. I know there are some that would say 'big deal, I can do it in less than half that time', but I just have to keep reminding myself that I just started running walking jogging last week, and I am getting faster, slowly but surely.

A very wise man once said:
"Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve"

Thanks for letting me pour my heart out. 
I'm a little nervous for Sunday's weigh in.
Hopefully I don't face too many temptations this weekend!

Happy Friday!


  1. I think you are doing fabulously! I love your little tracker in the sidebar and how you can visually see that you are improving (and significantly!!) each week! That's incredible! I would be thrilled with your progress!

  2. hehe I also love your tracker! I am also NOT a runner but like you started and gradually increased distance or improved on time, etc. Id guess I made it to jogger though- still not a runner LOL. Not a lot of speed from me :)

  3. Oh don't worry about where trained runners are, you're making amazing progress! I've been in a running program for a couple months and still can't do a mile without walking most of it!

    That's why I find it helpful to get running partners that will motivate you to do better, but are at your basic skill level. When I (attempt to) run with people that are seasoned runners, it is just disheartening. That's why I run with a group that all has difficulty getting down the block. We are all pushing each other and are improving together, but don't get too self conscious about how inexperienced at running we are!