10K ! I did it!
I still can’t really believe it!
10K has never been my aim. I don’t have any ambition to run marathons nor even to run really far just for fun. I think that amount of cardio is not good for me and my already very slim body. It’s too knackering for the organism for goodness sake! Isn’t it? But I do run sometimes. I run occasionally because I like introducing variety into my workout schedule, and sometimes when the weather is nice I prefer to do my exercises outdoors.
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From 5K to 10K in only 5 runs!
I don’t often go for running and for all this time my limit has always been 4km. I had neither any ambition nor faith that I could do more than that. However I like challenging myself sometimes and you might remember like a month and a half ago I was over the moon having run my first ever 5K. Do you remember that? Since then, I went out for a run only 4 times more, doing 7K, then back to 4K, and 7K again. And last Friday I jumped up to 10K !!! How???
Here’s what happened:
Well, I went out for a run thinking I’d do 5 or 7K like I did last time. But once I’ve reached that point of 7km I thought “oh I think I can do more, let’s see if I can make it till 8km“. I kept listening to that song which has a perfect rhythm with my pace and I kept running without even thinking what I was doing. I’ve reached 8km and I still felt that I could do more, so I thought “oh, let’s see if I can do one more kilometer“. It wasn’t that easy but with that beat in my ears, I felt like I got wings or some extra fuel, I don’t know but it was incredible!!! So I did 9k. And then I thought, “well… it’s only 1km more till the magical 10! I can do this, right?!!!” And that’s when it started raining… I was getting worried I would have to stop because of the rain. Worried more about my phone getting wet… cause for me the rain was actually very refreshing. Fortunately it was only a drizzle and I managed to finish the whole distance!
My happiness afterwards was unbelievable!!!
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The only limit is the one you set yourself!
I remember how I was filled with awe and admiration when I watched my friends running 7 or 10K, not to mention those who run marathons!?!?!? OMG!!! To me this point has always been out of reach. But now I see that it was all in my head. It’s a great feeling when you push your limits and get out of your comfort zone. For that alone, it is worth challenging yourself from time to time.
*Here’s a screenshot from my app. I use Endomondo to track all my fitness activity.
I think I will stop at this distance for a while. I plan to focus more on weights now because too much cardio made me lose some precious centimeters here and there recently… But now that I know I can do it, I will definitely try again! And perhaps I will also try to challenge myself a little bit further, but not pushing too much.
Curious about my secret?
MUSIC ——> Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons has a perfect pace for my running and the beat gives me incredible power! Next time you go running, try listening to this tune and let me know if it works for you too.
Let me know…
Is there anything you’ve been particularly proud of yourself recently? What’s your favourite playlist when you go for a run? I’d love to hear it from you. Feel free to share it with me in a comment.
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