Normally, I avoid the treadmill. At first, it was a bit of fear and nerves — I felt unstable and worried that I’d fall off. When I overcame that worry, I started to get bored. My usual weightlifting sessions seemed much more interesting, and turning it into a circuit was both challenging and satisfying. (Check out Casie Leigh Luke’s posts on learning to weightlift. She’s taking on a 40-day challenge.)
I started to give running a shot last fall, and was starting to enjoy it: I could run faster than I thought and for longer stretches before slowing down to walk, and the views were gorgeous. And then the snow fell, and the temps dipped, and I headed inside.
Last week I hopped on the treadmill for the first time in I don’t know how long. Maybe last spring? No fear. No nerves. Not as fast as I’d like, but I’ll improve. I’m not saying I can improve or I might, but I will. I will, I tell you!
So I made another effort: 1 mile in 16 minutes. All right, better than last week’s 18:30, which was more walking than running. But if I want to meet my goal, I’m going to have to get down to 10-minute miles, which I’ve done, well, never. (Although, I’ll proudly note that I won a Presidential Fitness Award in 5th grade for bringing my 15-minute mile down to 11 minutes within one school year.)
My other personal best?
Holding a plank for 1 1/2 minutes. I’ve barely made it 1 minute before, even at my fittest last spring. Every second after 1 minute felt like an eternity, but I held my body as straight as a I could and kept my breath even.
Next step: hold a plank for 2 minutes. And 10-minute miles?! Things are getting crazy!
What have you been able to accomplish in your workouts now that you weren’t able to do before?