Tell me if this sounds like you, too! I have perfected the art of trying to go from zero to 100 on a diet or exercise routine and I end up completely falling flat.
This time around I swore I wasn’t going to do that, and I’m really trying! I had a misstep this week, though, so I thought I’d share.
I’ve had a goal for a long, long time to be able to run a consecutive mile. No matter how much my fitness level seems to improve, my cardio is always lagging behind, so being able to run a mile is a really big thing for me.
After getting increasingly consistent with kickboxing and doing some casual jogging a few mornings before work, I was ready for the big test.
8 laps. 1 mile. No stopping.
I made it through lap two and I was already starting to slow down.
2/8. Uh oh!
I kept telling myself I’d get a second wind, so I went for 3.
Then I decided if I could do 3, I might as well just push through a 4th and say I did a half mile. So I did 4. After crossing the line for 4 I thought I could run for a little bit longer, so I set my sights on 6 laps. 3/4 of a mile on my first attempt is not something I was going to complain about!
So I wrapped up lap 5 and strove for the final 6th lap. I did 6 and I just kept running.
Lap 7: struggle city!
and finally – could I really do it??
Lap 8!: barely made it, but I did!
After my victorious mile I walked a lap and then jogged another half mile!
And then one more!
So all said and done, I jogged two miles. I have never been more proud of myself. I felt great after running and got all excited. I told myself I was going to wake up at 5:30am (UGH!) so I could do this every day!
Do you see where this story is headed?? 😀
The same. old. trap.
The next morning I woke up and decided to go for a run again. Like a total dummy I didn’t even stretch first – I went right for the track with my sights set on two miles!
To make a long story short, I really underestimated how sore I was. I made it one lap and was ready to lay down and stay there forever. I definitely cannot run a continuous mile two days in a row.
The biggest problem with trying to go from 0 to 100 is the aftermath from that exciting day one. I had to skip the gym for the next three days to recover! If I had just celebrated my victory of one continuous mile, I would have been able to go the next day and keep gradually building and improving. But now I’m at home. eating candy. not running.
Whatever your fitness goals are, take your time! Going from 0 to 5 and then 5 to 10 will get you a lot further than 0 to 100 just to reset back to 0 every time!