Today, I hit the treadmill to put in a practice run for this Sunday's 10km Rattle Me Bones race. Again, I was lucky to have Laura's company. I had set a goal of trying to run the race in under 1 hour, which in all honesty is something I wouldn't have thought possible 2-3 months ago. But for some reason or another I seem to have gained some speed, and thought it was a reasonable goal. One problem though, the race is the day after our Halloween/International Dinner Club night and I have a feeling I may enjoy some wobbly pops. So in the event that I am feeling 'under the weather' race day I wanted to prove to myself today that I could do 10km in under an hour. I ran the first 5km at a 1-1.5% incline at a fast tempo, in the 2nd half I slowed down and added in some hills (a few at 3% and a few at 5% each for a minute) then picked the pace back up to finish in 58:08! I DID IT!!!
It was hard, but I had a secret weapon today...Laura! Laura also recently set a goal, a goal of running her first 5km race at the resolution run on Dec 31st. She hit the treadmill today along side me and pushed herself hard! As we ran I couldn't help but think of the girl next to me, who 5 months or so ago said she was NOT A RUNNER. I can't get over all that she has achieved physically in her fitness (Saunder's Fitness classes, yoga, strength training, running) and I am oh so very proud of her. So you can see how it was hard not to give it my all, when fueled by a serious case of the goosebumps.
Its amazing how setting a goal can empower you to push yourself, give you focus, and drive you through the tough spots. I think its important not only to have a long term goal (like running that full marathon) but a series of smaller goals to booster you (like getting up in that spider yoga move). I particularly, like the non weight related goals. I like taking the focus off the scale and putting the power into something that I feel empowers me. Getting to that one chin up, is going to require a lot of strength, and that strength is going to come from building lean muscle, and eating well. I feel like that one chin up is going to hold a lot more value for me then a loss on the scale.
So what's your big goal? and what are your mini goals? Let's cheer each other on!
Ps. I have a crazy video up on the Losing it in Ottawa blog talking about scrapbooking and weight loss of all things :) wink