Hey, Dragons! I ran the mile last week! Well, I use the word “run” loosely. I walked about 2/3 of the mile with a mile of light jogging. But, if you remember, I promised my students back in September that I would run the mile with them. Now, when I made that promise, I thought I was going to be working out a lot more than I did in the fall. But a promise is a promise, and so, ready or not, I participated in their mile run.
I was stressed going into it. I was terrified that I was going to get half-way though the first lap and collapse. The idea of gasping for air as 150 students looked on was terrifying. But a promise is a promise, so I “ran.” And, you know what? I didn’t die. Was I tired at the end? Yes. Did I need a little time to compose myself afterwards? Of course! Were my legs sore the next day? Absolutely! But I did it and the world did not end.
Sometimes, I think we underestimate what we can and cannot do. Not only did I feel accomplished after participating in the mile, but I was surprised that I didn’t feel terrible afterwards. And I had fun! I knew it was going to be hard, so I paced myself. No, I didn’t run the whole thing, but I also didn’t walk the whole thing. In the end, I felt like it was something that I might want to do on a more regular basis!
Pushing the Envelope
I think it’s very easy to underestimate what we are capable of. I talk about gradual changes, but we can’t be afraid to push ourselves. There is a fine line between making a gradual change, and holding back because we don’t think we can do it, or worry it’s going to push us out of our comfort zone. The last time I tried to run a mile, I was in much better shape than I was now, but I pushed myself too hard and was already on the verge of getting a cold, so it laid me out for a good week. This time, I paced myself, did what I could so and really enjoyed it!
If I hadn’t taken a chance on myself and pushed myself, I wouldn’t have had that experience. We need to remember that “gradual changes” means not biting off so much that we set ourselves up to fail, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stay in our comfort zones. Moving forward, I’m planning on working towards pushing my comfort zone to make gradual changes a tool and not an excuse.
My goal for the next two weeks is to focus on getting my diet back on track. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the new definition of gradual changes to make my diet goals as much of a focus as my exercise goals. We’re going to do a lot of meal planning this weekend and I’m looking forward to reporting back in 2 weeks!
What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!