Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Impossible. Really?

Run Coach Pro told me I needed to start out with a 20 minute "easy" run.  So, this is what I did, sort of, yesterday evening.

I used my treadmill because the weather here at the moment is questionable at best.  Rainy, chilly.  It is warming up though, slowly.  Patience.

Here's the "sort of" part.  I didn't just lightly jog for 20 minutes straight.  Nope.  I walked briskly for the first minute or so to warm up.  Then, I decided that I wanted to work on some sprint intervals rather than what I was told to do.  Yep, go figure right? ;)

I decided to hold each sprint interval for one minute, with a one to two minute brisk walk or light jog in between.  It worked well.  I was pleased and dripping sweat!

I'd mentioned to a couple of people a few weeks ago that I didn't feel as though I'd ever really be able to crank my treadmill up to its "performance" speed section.  No way Jose, my legs are short. I'll only ever be able to go "so fast".  In that moment, so much for eradicating self-limiting beliefs, right?

Anyhow, my point is this.  I completely blew that "impossibility" straight outta the water yesterday, during my final one-minute sprint interval.  I nearly talked myself right out of it at first, but then a part of myself thought, "I dare you to try it."  So, not normally one to turn down a dare, I dared.  And, I DID!

6.7mph = 9 minutes/mile!!!  Held steady for a full 60 seconds!  VICTORY over the "impossible".  *insert HUGE grin here*

Next up, continuing to work on sprint intervals + endurance/long distance.  Right along with strength training with the one and only Jillian Michaels.