Friday, February 11, 2011
I have never participated in the Sisterhood's monthly project. I am not sure why, laziness maybe? ;)
But I cannot slack off on myself one bit and this monthly project is a perfect way to keep pushing towards my new fitness goals.
If you do not know what the monthly project is all about go check it out! Basically it is about picking one goal you will work on all month long and see how much farther you can push yourself each and every week. For me I will focus on my running speed. I would like to run 1 mile in 6 minutes flat.
When I began running I weighed over 200 pounds and I could run a mile in about 12 to 13 minutes. Slowly I chipped away at my time averaging today about 7 to 8 minutes per mile. The fastest time I had recorded running a mile was 7:10 for a challenge during the shrinkvivor competition. That time had blown my mind away and I remember thinking I could probably not get much faster than that.
Well this week I surprised myself again when I ran 1 mile in 6 minutes and 33 seconds! That is correct I did it while competing in the Sisterhood Olympics 4 mile relay race. We each had to run 1 mile for our team and I wanted to give it my all for my team. I ended up running 3 miles for my speed training that day but I ran a solid mile and a half at that super fast pace. If it was not for the relay then I may have not pushed myself to run that fast!
This is the point of the monthly project and I love the idea. If you do not keep pushing yourself then you will never reach higher goals. Sometimes we need to keep aming higher even if we are reluctant or do not think we can do it. The mind always thinks the body can do less than it is really capable of!
SO this week I will work on my speed again and when I do you can bet I will aim to go even faster than 6:33 :)