I did it! I have officially done my 20 days of boot camp + some. I’m on a roll…or a treadmill, to be exact. It’s interesting how when you start something like this – a goal that you have to work toward – that often when you accomplish it you rarely find yourself saying, “OK, I’m done with that now I’m going to go back to doing what I was before.” No. That’s the beauty of achievement. Once we struggle through something worthwhile we often find ourselves setting extension goals to keep ourselves moving forward.
The amazing thing about these “extension goals” is that they are often not even on our radar when we started the process to begin with. Yet, as we work and become better, we see ourselves doing things that we never would have imagined before.
Such is the inevitable case with Jim’s Gym, and more specifically, with running. Jim told me a week ago that he thought I could do a 5K. That’s 3.1 miles and seems like forever. But since he said that, I found myself wondering if I really could.
So, I went running on my own on Thursday. Now, to many of you that might not be a big deal but to me, the person who probably hasn’t gone for a voluntary run since college 15 years ago, it’s monumental. I wanted to see if I could do it now that Jim has been helping me to build up my running ability. When I started boot camp I couldn’t even run a half mile without feeling like I had to hold onto the treadmill or take a break. This week I ran two miles on the treadmill without stopping. And since I’ve heard that running is the best way to lose the mommy belly, I decided to check out the local walking path and see what I could do on my own during my off-day.
I ran almost 2 1/2 miles. A personal record. No, it’s not 3.1 miles yet but for the first time I feel like maybe I could do it if I took it kind of slow. Now the idea of doing a Turkey Trot is bouncing around in my head. What?!!! How is that possible? It all comes back to the idea that when we work toward something we often find ourselves wanting to create “extension goals” to keep moving forward. Personal motivation is an amazing thing – it’s incredible what we can accomplish once we put our minds to it. The hard part is putting our minds to it, don’t you think?
When I proudly told Jim and my fellow exercisers that I had gone running on my own Jim said,
I’m going to make a runner out of you. That is my goal. First you’ll do a 5K then a 10K and by next year you’ll do a half marathon.
Could it be possible? With my achy knees and oh-so-slow pace? I used to be on the track team in junior high and high school. Hard to believe but I was a sprinter. 20 years later a half marathon seems out of the question. But two months ago so did a 5K and my goal is to run one this weekend on my own. So how about if I keep Jim’s idea tucked in the back of my head and we’ll see how it goes. For now, I’m basking in the fact that I’ve made it this far.
Here’s to accomplishing goals – however small they may be! They all matter.