Today was the first time I felt running a 10k race could be a legitimate new goal for me.

I ran a consistent 6.2 miles this morning–the longest I’ve run since I began running 6 months ago.  Aside from the mileage, I am particularly proud of myself because I pushed my 27 lb toddler in a jogging stroller the full second half of my run. My pace was slower with the stroller (11:59/mile vs 10:10/mile), but it was a great measuring stick for my accomplishments since I was mirroring my original solo pace back in March.

When I completed my run, my first thought was “beginner’s luck” since this was my first outdoor run since June 26th. But then I shut my inner, cynical voice up and realized that sort of thinking is unproductive because it’s not giving myself enough credit for all the hours of sweat I’ve put in at the gym. It ALL adds up–treadmill, yoga, Zumba, elliptical, weight training–and contributes to my stamina, speed, and more importantly, my mentality that I can do it.

Running is more an exercise of your mind than one of your body. My inner dialogue can be cruel to myself as I’m running. I think that’s why my goals–especially in running–are pretty conservative. I often fall into the trap that I have to actually accomplish something before I’m willing to admit I can do it. Proof that the goal is obtainable. I am working on giving myself more credit for what I’ve accomplished, stop comparing myself to other runners (like my speedy husband!) and having faith that I can do it!

How do you come up with your new fitness goals? Do you put a toe in the water first or just jump right in?

 

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