Set a goal-Get motivated!

Having a goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day is good. Going to the gym or getting out there and moving is all well and good. But when you have goals, goals that challenge you and push you to the next level, you become more motivated. The girls I run with wanted a challenge to be able to run for an entire 5K. I was a bit freaked out (okay, maybe a lot!). We had been running for 30 seconds and walking for 1 minute. That became very comfortable and didn’t require a whole lot of thought. So we made a plan and began to work on it. Each week we added 10 seconds to the run portion. A few weeks back I was in the Bahamas and ran a 5k and a half marathon. I ran the 5k using the intervals of 1 minute 40 seconds run and 1 minute walk. It was hard but I did it. I did not run the half marathon with the same intervals but I did increase them from previous times…I ran 1 and walked 1. It too was a challenge but I did it! We just finished running for 1 minute and 50 seconds. Each week starts with a bit of fear and ends with a sense of accomplishment. For 4 days we run inside on the treadmill and then at the end of the week we run on a track or outside (when it is not nasty out). Today I was surprised at how well I felt. I won’t lie, I am still a bit worried about what is still coming with the longer times but I know I am motivated to continue trying. And the best part is that I have friends that will be right by my side struggling along with me and supporting me.

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