After my Saturday morning workout, I was talking to my friend Ann about how amazed I am by her treadmill speeds – she recently completed a personal record for her best mile at 5:47, and ran a 12mph sprint, which she said was crazy. Yes… she is hardcore! She mentioned 7mph being “easy” and I sighed to myself. Easy! To me, running at 7.0 is as difficult as it is for my friend to run at 12.0.
Then she said, “talk to me this time next year about your speed.”
So… I set a reminder.
Then I thought about how far I’ve come in the past two years…
When I first started the Couch to 5K program in 2013, I “ran” my first mile in 16:55 min.
This week, at Peak Performance Week at Orangetheory, I hit a mile at 12:27 min… which is a PR for me!
When I first started at OTF a little over a year ago, rowing was tough. I could barely hit 100 watts without some serious effort.
Now, I can hit 200+ watts and I just rowed 500m this week in 1:48 min and 2000m in 8:53 min. Honestly, the 2000m row was a little slower than I wanted, but for me, it was the first time I did a long row without stopping to rest. I pushed through it, crumbled my mental blocks, and kept going until the end. For me… that was HUGE. I normally fizzle out on the long rows, and I know it is all a mental thing, but the fact that I was able to keep up, even slowly, was a big deal for me.
Two years ago, I remember trying out a challenge on Facebook to see how long I could plank. I was dismayed to find that I could barely hold it up for 20 seconds!
This week, I lasted 2:32 min.
There I go, exceeding my own expectations. I’m seeing changes rapidly now and can’t stop now…
I can’t wait to see where I am in a week. A month. A year.
I’m stronger than I think. 🙂