Last Friday, I did a bad thing.
I looked ahead.
At my training schedule that is. And it completely Freaked. Me. Out.
Let me explain. Right now, this is where we are at:
5 minute walk - 11 minute run - 5 minute walk. It doesn't sound like a lot but it is - for an inexperienced, couch potato runner like me - and it is stretching me...Big Time. So how do you think I felt when I made the mistake of looking at day 63 of our schedule and saw this:
Get me a paper bag now and let the hyperventilating begin...
Geesh. Once again, what have I gotten myself into. As I was reminding myself that this "will not kill me" and that I am "not a quitter", I felt the panic over take every part of my being.
But then I did this - I looked back:
Where I started, Week one: 5 minute walk, 2 minute run, 5 minute walk - a measly .56 miles that just about killed me.
Today, Week five: 5 minute walk, 11 minute run, 5 minute walk - 1.55 miles!
In 5 weeks, I have increased my running time by 5X and tripled my distance. Woo-hoo!! Get me some chocolate to celebrate! Then I realized one more very important thing: 1.55 miles is exactly half of 3.1 miles.
I am half way there. Half way!
5 weeks ago I could barely run 2 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to explode. Today I can run 11+ and feel good about it.
Looking back, I can see clearly how far I have come. I can remember how out of shape I was - how bad off I was. And I can see where I am now. Healthier, stronger, faster...
Now that I've looked back and seen how far I have come, I can move forward - knowing that I can make it the rest of the way. I won't look too far ahead but I will focus on running this race one day ... one minute ... one song on my iPod ... and one prayer ... at a time.
We are not supposed to live in the past - that is unhealthy. But sometimes we need to look back just for a moment to see how far we really have come. Be encouraged! We are making progress - sometimes it is just baby steps - but progress is progress!