4 is the New 3

Well my usual 3 mile runs have now advanced to 3.6-4 mile runs! It all started when I joined running club and realized that the appropriate turn-around point on our route was 1.8 miles. This forced me to run 3.6 two weeks in a row. After I did it the second time, I saw the opportunity to advance just a bit further to bring that 3.6 up to 4 solid miles. Although I definitely feel the distance in my shins, I’ve realized that the biggest reason I was stopping at 3 wasn’t pain, but rather mental uncertainty. What I mean is that I would start with the mindset that if I did 3, I was good. By the time I’d get to 2.5, I’d think “Oh, well .5 left,” and I’d wrap up the workout. Now when I get to that point, I think, “Keep going! 4 miles is nothing!”

I need this in my living room.

Another realization I had was that I could actually run to my GOTR meetings at Terra Café. Yesterday, I headed towards town on the Rail Trail and ended up right down the street from the café. I got super excited and hope to give that a try at our next meeting. (Who cares if I show up a sweaty mess!) I guess if I’m going to jog into any café in town, this would be the place to do it. Yesterday, there were a slew of runners coming in who had just finished a 5K. It was super motivating!

So now that I’m actually pushing myself to go, go, go, I know I’ll have the confidence to do a race this spring.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to your workout. If you normally do 30 minutes on the elliptical, shoot for 35. If you only crank out 15 pushups, go for 20. Small advances can help keep your body guessing, which is the best way to get the results you want.

Hope these mantras help!