I like to set fitness goals for myself. In the first quarter, my goal was to run a half marathon which I did on March 31st.
Now it’s time for a new goal and in the second quarter, I’m focusing on strength training. I’ll see how much I can increase my push-up and pull-up maximum repetitions before the end of the quarter. I’m also keeping track of body composition. This is part of an overall mission to get in better shape.
Mind Over Muscle
Older daughter (OD) came home from school one day in early April and announced this:
I want to run the Bolder Boulder!
My response was less than enthusiastic because OD has never been excited about athletics. Her younger sister can run like the wind all day. OD is more like me; slow and steady and the Bolder Boulder is a 10k race. I replied with:
We signed up for the race and our school’s 6-week training program. Every Tuesday and Thursday, OD would join her classmates after school for an hour of running.
I joined OD for the last 3 training sessions. OD could run a mile, but would poop out after that. As race day drew near, I told her that it’s OK to finish the race at any pace that’s comfortable. I explained that we’d walk whenever we needed to and she should just enjoy the event (it’s a spectacle with live music, waterslides and beer along the course [I’d never seen a keg-stand in person before the race!]).
Race day came and the weather was cool and cloudy. Perfect! We worked our way up to the starting line. And BOOM, we were off:
Somewhere in the first mile, there was a band playing Chariots of Fire. Accompanying the band was a lady on vocals who sounded something like Clare Torry on Pink Floyd’s Great Gig in the Sky. It was amazing and gave me the chills.
15 minutes in: I whipped out the phone and got a selfie:
22 minutes in: We encountered dinosaurs:
Shortly after the dinosaur sighting, I asked OD if she’d like to walk (we had ran up to this point). Her response was firm:
I was impressed. We were almost a third of the way done and she was running strong.
41 minutes in: We still hadn’t rested. I was tempted by the frequent offers of free beer, but if OD wanted to keep running, there was no way I was going to slow her down by waiting in a beer line. Time for another selfie:
80 minutes in: The race ends at Folsom Field on the University of Colorado campus. Throughout the race, I had asked OD how she was doing and if she needed to rest. Her answer was always No. Now that we were in Folsom Field, I knew that she was going to run the entire race:
And finally, we were done:
I hugged OD and told her how proud of her I was.
Prior to the Bolder Boulder, OD had never run more than a mile. Before the race, she told me she was going to run the whole thing. She’s stubborn just like her dad and refused to give in. Mind over muscle.
While we didn’t set Boulder on fire with our pace, she ran the entire time. She refused to slow down for anything, even drinking cups of water without missing a step.
The Brain Game
While OD was training, I frequently told her this:
The limiting factor in how well you’ll run isn’t your legs; it’s your mind. You can always do more than you think you can.
This is a lesson that I learned from my physical fitness pursuits. A couple years ago, I could barely run a mile. A couple months ago, I ran a half-marathon. The main battle I find with physical fitness is with my mind:
- It’s difficult to convince yourself to get out there and do it every day.
- It’s easy to throw in the towel instead of doing one more mile or one more set.
- Ordering the cheeseburger is easier than ordering the grilled chicken salad.
However, if you can push through, you can do amazing things. OD showed me just how true this is last weekend.
The P90x routine had a rest week last week. And this week, I got busy with a bunch of other projects which turned into a second rest week.
I’m trying to finish up a bunch of projects including a new bed and planter boxes before guests arrive in a couple weeks. The planter boxes took much more time than I initially thought they would. Also, after a day of working outside in the heat, I was just too wiped out to complete a worthwhile workout. I’ll complete my projects this weekend and then I’m back on the horse.
In better news, my goal of walking 6,000,000 steps this year is on track. I’m up to 2,547,207:
I’m averaging 16,869 steps per day which puts me on pace to complete 6,157,155. I expect this pace to accelerate in June when we’re on vacation and I’ll be doing more walking than average.
The last 2 weeks didn’t work out how I wanted them to. Projects with deadlines got in the way. Look at the bright side; you didn’t have to see any pics of my pasty torso!
I’ll be back in 2 weeks though with an update and disturbing pics. You can count on that!
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