It pays to keep trying

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For the record, I’m psyched. 🙂

Today is one of those awesome days that makes all the hard work and not so awesome days totally worth it. I met one of the goals I set for myself as part of my plan, and accomplishing it reminded me that as long as I keep trying, things will get better. It doesn’t matter what kind of goals you’ve got for yourself; health, love, family, financial… as long as you keep trying, you’ll keep getting closer, and eventually you will succeed.

One of the goals I set for myself as part of my plan was to complete a 5k in under an hour. I don’t know if someone spiked my morning cup of tea or something, but I when I went out for my walk this afternoon, I decided on a whim to go for 5k. I usually set a timer for 30 minutes and get as much distance as I can in that time frame, which is usually about 2 miles or so. I managed to do the full 5k in just over 50 minutes! That’s not even at a jogging pace, I managed that with a brisk walk.

The event I plan to participate in isn’t until the end of October, so I still have four full months to try to work up to jogging at least part of it. I’m learning that goals are an incredibly important factor when it comes to keeping my plan on track. If I set them too low, I don’t get any sense of accomplishment when I reach them, but if they’re too high, I get discouraged and am more likely to give up. So, I think that my new goal will be to complete the 5k in October in 40 minutes or less, but my interim goal is to do it in 45. I may end up changing those numbers around a bit, since I really don’t know at this point if my body will cooperate. I’ve tried a program that alternates jogging and walking over a 30 minute period, but to be honest, that’s a bit of a struggle for me right now.

I think the best thing to do is to add a 5k walk to my work out once a week and keep a close eye on my pace during my regular 30 minute walks. If I can continue to lose weight, I think that will help me as well. My body won’t have as much to carry and won’t have to work as hard to keep going. The real test will be to see how I feel tomorrow…

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  1. Catherine Louise Gurganus
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 21:36:20

    Congratulations! Every success counts and helps to keep us feeling positive. I am so overweight and my pain is so bad and I’m finding it almost impossible to start any kind of exercise routine…but I know I need one and my pain will only continue to get worse. Hand in there and keep at it. I’m sure I’ll find my way as well.

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