New Running Milestone: 6 Miles

2012/10/21 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Milestone, Victory, weight loss, weight loss blog | 4 Comments
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When I was in the middle of my weight loss program, I would walk at least one mile during my lunch hour so that I could get at least a little bit of exercise in during the day. But as I continued to do this I soon came to realize that, while beneficial, walking was getting a little boring.

That’s when I bought the treadmill and started jogging on it at night. Not only was it something new but it was a way for me to kick things up a notch by going at a higher rate of speed. Not much higher but still faster than walking.

And that’s what weight loss and exercise are all about: trying new and challenging things to prove to yourself that nothing will stop you and that you can achieve lofty goals.

Today I challenged myself and met a goal I didn’t quite plan on: running over 6 miles.

Until today, I would run my standard 5k around the neighborhood on my predetermined path. But this morning I chose to mix it up a bit by running 5 miles on yet another predetermined route.

I hit the pavement at 7am knowing that 5 miles would be in the bag by the time I got home and that was nothing new. I had run 5 miles in the past without too much difficulty. But when I reached Mile 4, something inside of me clicked.

While jogging through the park I started to give myself a pep talk.

“Six miles…you can do six miles…four miles down…what’s another two…do it…DO IT!”

And with that I turned up the heat and started running faster, not knowing exactly which direction to go. I relied on the Sports Tracker app to keep track of my distance but as far as direction goes, I had no plans.

I just kept running until I reached the next major intersection and then started heading home. By then, I was at 5.25 miles so I kept on going. Up the street, down the street, back and forth until my app finally logged 6 miles.

In the end, I ran 6.06 miles or just short of 10k. This is good because I have made decided that 2013 will be the year I start running 10ks instead of 5ks (finances permitting).

You haven’t heard the best part of the story. At the end of my run, I jogged onto the lawn of my house I spiked my (empty) water bottle to the ground, clapped, threw a few fists into the air, and pretty much celebrated my accomplishment on my front yard. This was my first time running over 6 miles/nearly 10k and I was very happy about it.

There were a few neighbors outside when I was reveling in my personal victory and yes, as you can imagine, I was stared at by them. While it seemed like I may have been having a nervous breakdown or just going nuts in general, I can assure you that my reactions were solely based on the fact that I had just set a goal I hadn’t planned on – and I was pumped about it.

Here’s how it looked on my app (click to enlarge):

6milerun

Look at the stats. Am I the fastest on two legs? No. Is 6 miles the most amazing distance ever recorded? Not to some but to me it is and the fact that I was out there no matter how slow I may have been going at times doesn’t change the fact that I’m still a runner.

I achieved something that wasn’t on my radar for the day, which will make running 5k seem like a walk in the park. This is why you must challenge yourself to better because one day, whether you plan on it or not, you will be.

And trust me when I say that when you get there, you will find it hard to contain your excitement.

Now go out and set some goals for yourself – then beat them 🙂

A Quick Milestone

2008/08/22 at 7:09 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Milestone, Motivation, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on A Quick Milestone
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Originally posted on August 22, 2008 at 200by40, Weight Loss the Right Way: No pills, no surgeries, no excuses, no regrets. Unauthorized use (blog scraping) constitutes copyright infringement and plagiarism. © 2008 David Moreno

Just a quick note to say that as of today’s weight of 206.5 lbs. (which could most definitely change by the time Tuesday’s Weigh-In rolls around), I have reached the 90 lbs. lost mark with a total of 90.6 lbs.

I’m patting myself on the back as I type which is pretty darn difficult to do if you really think about it. But does this mean it’s time to rest? I think not! This will continue until I reach my goal and then go further!

Last night our family went to a local Concert in the Park with our neighbor and his daughter. And kids being kids, they didn’t want to sit around and watch the show, no. They had more fun running around and I decided to join them.

We ran. We spun around. We played Hide-And-Seek. We got tired. And while we all got caught up in the moment and thought about how much fun they were having, the thought of staying active was always in the back of my mind and it most definitely felt good.

Then, of course, I did my usual 30 minutes of Wii Fit when the kid went to bed.

My point of all this?

Don’t be lazy! Stay busy! Trust me when I say that every little bit of movement helps! Nobody’s going to lose the weight for you and the answer is not in a stupid little pill that some site will most likely be pushing when they steal the content of this post.

If you want it, you have to work for it. Simple as that.


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