Caroline Duncan at ADBC Fitness Studio is already working on plans for this year’s Troy Community Involvement Days 5K fund-raiser. Last year, I walked the 5K with a friend – my first ever 5K, and we had an absolute blast!
I thought I’d try to bump it up a notch this year and increase my pace from a walk to a shuffle. My daughter downloaded a couch-to-5K app on my phone to help me. The way the app works is this: you begin by alternating walking and jogging for 1 to 1.5 minute intervals, then slowly increase your run time over the course of the 8-week training program. Today, my longest running increments were 4 minutes. I thought I was going to die.
I am currently about halfway through the 8-week program. I keep thinking that at some point, this will feel easy – but “easy” hasn’t happened yet.
Every time I run (honestly, I shuffle), I have to battle an overwhelming urge to say, “Forget this!” I want to park my fanny on the couch with a bowl of frozen chocolate consolation instead.
An experienced runner commented to me this past week: “Running is a mind game. It is mostly about the battle inside your head.” That encouraged me. This overwhelming desire to throw in the towel every single time I hit the track – knowing that this urge to quit is normal makes it easier for me to persevere.
So much in life is, as my runner friend put it, “a mind game.”
I ordered proof copies of Confessions of a Homeschool Mom for my awesome beta readers this morning. This manuscript has been two years in the making. I had to set it aside repeatedly. I have had a love-hate relationship with Confessions, and, truthfully, some days I was tempted to trash the entire project. But finally, hallelujah!, the manuscript is finished.
A more experienced writer offered this advice: “You don’t have to write an entire book. Just write one page a day. Anyone can write one page. If you write one page every day, then, at the end of a year, you will have written 365 pages. That’s an entire book!”
What big goal would you like to accomplish? Do you want to run your first 5K? Do you want to write a book?
Does a gremlin inside your head tell you that you’ll never succeed? That your goals are too big? That it will be too difficult? That you should just throw in the towel?
Don’t listen to the little monster.
I do not have to run 3.1 miles or 30 minutes today. I only need to run for 4 minutes, walk for 3, run for 4 minutes more – and then show up at the track again tomorrow.
I do not have to write 70,000 words today. I only need to write one page.
I can do that.
Why don’t you join me?!