Last month ago I was talking with a friend about things to do and I suggested “Let’s run a 5K!” I used to run regularly, but that was nearly ten years ago. Since then… zero running.
I looked online for a training program and found Couch to 5K, a nine-week program that’s supposed to do exactly what it sounds like. After a few minutes of reading I thought: “Screw this.”
So I went out and ran 3.1 miles. Fantastic! My pace was 10 minutes per mile and I felt like I had pushed myself. Couch to 5K in ten minutes! Don’t accept limits, externally or internally imposed. You can do more than you think.
Yesterday a friend gave me a discount code (from $35-to-free) for a Thanksgiving 5K run so I decided to enter. I figured that I had already shown myself that I could just get up and run a 5K, so why not? And then I got the confirmation email: It’s a five-mile race, not a 5K. Oh. Shit.
So I set a goal for myself. My 5K pace was a 10-minute mile so I thought that I would try to tack on those two extra miles while maintaining my pace.
But then I remembered what happened last time when I wondered if I could run a 5K, that I just got up and did it.
So I went out last night. And ran five miles straight. At a pace of 9 minutes per mile.
Fuck limits. Push yourself. Again, you can do a lot more than you think.
posted by yair