Before I get on to a goal I’ve set myself this month, I must share something with the whole universe! (Okay, being realistic, just the people following this blog ;))
Last night, I jogged my first 5km, ever.
EVER, EVER, EVER! 😀
I could not be more proud of myself. After writing about self belief yesterday, it sparked something inside of me that wanted to beat the 2 jog’s I’d done earlier this week.
(All times mentioned are literally all jogging. They don’t include any warm up or cool down. I always warm up and cool down for 5 minutes each).
My main goal was just to beat 18 minutes and/or 2.8km I had done on Monday.
Lately, I have been trying different combinations of jogging and walking on my treadmill to see how long I can jog without having a walk break in between. Currently in a 20 minute set, I was at 4 minutes jog at different speeds (1 minute at 8kmh and 1 minute at 10kmh and repeated a second time) and 1 minute walk at 6kmh. I had done this a few times and thought I was getting it down pat but this time I wanted to see how long it took for me to be wanting that walk break.
After passing 2.8km and 18 minutes, I was feel pretty tired but told myself, just five more minutes. I pushed on and I got to 25 minutes then realised I was only about 1.5km off jogging a full 5km. Adrenaline kicked in and I took in some water and powered on. I made it to 5km at just after 30 minutes. I actually fist pumped the air! The smile on my face was inked on and I kept on jogging. I wanted to make my jog time a round number so I commenced my cool down at 35 minutes, resulting in me jogging a total of 5.252km.
Overall, including my warm up, jog and cool down I covered 6.170km in a space of 45 minutes. It may not be fast but it certainly was a tremendous achievement for myself. I really wanted to tell someone. Someone who would be so proud of me and share my excitement so I messaged my buddy that I went walking with on Sunday. He said he was so proud of me. 😀 I definitely went to sleep last night knowing I had achieved something I had only dreamed about once before. I am a very happy girl.
Now, onto goal setting.
I was scrolling the blogs I am currently following/reading earlier this month and I came across a post from Peonut about a goal she has set for herself for the month of November. Her goal was to clock up 70km of walking/jogging/running for the month of November. I thought to myself, “This is an amazing idea. What a way to keep motivated.” My next thought was, “I am going to give this a crack!” As this is my first attempt, I didn’t want to set the bar ridiculously high so that I don’t achieve it and give up after a month. I set myself a tallied goal of 50km for the entire month of November.
Here my results so far for November.
Progress total: 31.706km
I am already over 60% done and it’s we are only 8 days in. 🙂 Looks like I’ll be setting the bar a little higher next month. I’ve drawn up a chart and after each work out I can write down how much ground I’ve covered and track my progress.
I must say, I am much happier this week then I have been in a while. Let’s hope the good times keep rolling on towards the weekend.