|Interval run is a great tool for reaching goals.|
I'm not a big fan of exercise. I'm not a just-do-it kind of gal, I need motivation that doesn't require cliché statements. I understand there are benefits: I can run upstairs without getting out of breath, I hike better, and I've lost weight. These things may get me out the door but they don't always keep me running. My new best friend is interval running.
Interval running is a process of alternating running and walking to complete a distance. So for my first half marathon I ran 5 minutes and walked 1 minute continuously until I completed it. Lately, I am running two minutes and walking one. I am training for a 10K coming up in a couple of months. I do it for exercise but signing up for a 10K gives me a bigger picture and a challenge.
In this last practice run, when I got to my last mile, I felt like collapsing. I thought perhaps I should just walk the rest of the way home. The heat and humidity was intense. Midway through my two minute interval, I stopped running. I was out of breath, my head was pounding and I was having difficulty keeping form. A minute later my watch began to beep to tell me to start walking and then I realized, why not reverse it. I'll walk 2 minutes and run for 1 minute. When things are challenging allow yourself to adjust your goals so you can take smaller steps or to take additional breathing time to re-strategize. It allowed to finish without feeling like I failed but respecting my body's limitations.
|What do you see on the journey to your goal?|
When working on smaller goals, you may find them mundane and boring, so allow yourself to pause after each goal, to take a breather, to look behind you, congratulate yourself, then look in front of you to see how much closer you are and prepare for your next goal.
My husband used to chide me about my interval running. "Why don't you just get it over with?"
I said, "I get bored while running and then I don't want to do it anymore. When I'm running I'm so focused on my breathing and my form and that everything is working, I don't have time to enjoy the trail. If I'm going to keep running, I need to like it. I like the walk to look at the plants, the trees, the animals. Plus it gives me something to look forward to when I'm running." He has come to appreciate and understand why I like interval running. When we run together, we chat on the walks.
When working on our goals we want to be at the end before we even start. Although I would love to sprint the entire 10K, I know my capabilities. I know I get bored of just running and interval running gives me a pause to look around me, enjoy where I am and take in the moment.
To put it more plainly:
- When things are challenging allow yourself to adjust your goals so you can take smaller steps or to take additional breathing time to re-strategize.
- Allow yourself pause between the small goals, to reflect on where you've been, look where you are going and to find motivation that you are closer to the larger goal.
- Although they can be mundane, the smaller goals get you closer.
- Enjoy the journey.
- When you get to the end there is always a sense of pride.