Motivational Mondays: Perspective

It’s no secret that last year was a shitty year of running for me. It was riddled with missed training runs and empty promises to get back on the ball. I was constantly losing my mojo, and I was totally undisciplined. I had no PRs and I didn’t meet any of my goals.

Going into this year, I thought that I would have to start from square one. Ok, maybe not as bad as I was in 2007, but I thought I’d be pretty close. The surprising thing is that I’m not back at square one. With two fantastic races under my belt (Great Race of Agoura 5k & Seal Beach 10k), I’m just beginning to realize that I’m in a lot better shape than I think I am. And what’s even more surprising is that I’m actually in even better shape than I was in 2008, when I felt like I did my best.

I don’t mean to come off as an egomaniac, because I know I’m still hella slow and I know I have so much more to go before I get to where I want to be. But as I stepped out for an easy 4 miler this evening, I felt a real sense of ease, comfort, and confidence as I started my run. Like I knew running it all the way, easy, would be no problem. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt like that before. And as I ran a loop that I haven’t done since 2008, I was suddenly hit with how far I’ve come.

2008 Sheryl: I had to run 3:2 intervals and each mile took me 13 mins to complete. The half mile hill I had to go up had my heart racing and left me gasping for breath. I would have to cut into my run intervals and start walking, and my walk breaks got longer and longer.

Present Day Sheryl: Runs 13min/mi as an easy pace with a 153 (Zone 3) avg HR. No longer uses intervals! YAY! Thought this day would never come =)

So, I guess today’s Motivational Monday is about giving yourself a little credit and having more faith in yourself and your body… as cheesy as that sounds ;) I think we all have our own mental image of what we’re capable of, but most of the time we can do soooo much more! And I think that’s what’s so great about running.. you’re constantly surprising yourself =)

Happy Monday, all!

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New mama, runner on the mend, crafter, DIYer, Harry Potter fanatic, dreamer, coffee guzzler, rescue mom to 3 crazy pups.

3 thoughts on “Motivational Mondays: Perspective

  1. very motivational post, good job! I know what you mean. My husband and I talk about that all the time, how when we started we thought people who ran 5 miles as an easy day were insane! Now thats a regular easy saturday!

  2. Thanks, Heather!! =) Yeah, it’s all about progress! It’s so easy to just get lost in the hum drum of things and sorta get stuck. It helps to think about how far we’ve come and what we’re capable of now!

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