Motivation is truly amazing. You never know where, who, and what it's going to come from
So, I'm running in Los Angeles's 5K this Saturday and haven't done a single complete jog of a 5K in a week, mostly just interval training.
Today I walked down to the exercise room and a girl was on the left treadmill. We've passed each other in this exercise room before. I said hi, asked her how her day was. She was about 4 miles into her run and had a very speedy pace. I asked her if she was just running for fun, a goal, or training? She said a goal, she always tries to sets a goal, today she came down thinking 5, but feeling 7. I told her that was awesome and shared that I was running in the 5K asked her if she was as well? She wasn't. I didn't want to interrupt her breathing pattern/focus, so I hopped on the other treadmill. I jogged for a minute, paused, did a few more stretches and then started my actual run.
The first mile ALWAYS kills me. I guess it's just my body adjusting to what I'm pushing it through. I've pre-stretched and then stretched after I get a little warmer, but they always seem to take a mile to wake up. For some reason I felt like she was holding me accountable ...she was there for me. So, I picked up my speed. I usually jog around a speed of 4.3 -4.7. Today I bumped it up to 5 with no walking in between. I just felt her positive energy and I just kept going.....and going...I saw that I had 1 more mile left until completing 3.1 miles and was at the 31 minute mark, I really wanted to get under 40 minutes.. so I PUNCHED IT up to 7.0....7.2..7.5..to 7.7..I kept on telling myself I can do it...I can do it....and sadly, I made it at 41 minutes..but..I've never ran at a 7.7 on a treadmill before!! I was excited just at that! I honestly don't know if I would have accomplished that today without her positive energy and motivation to make herself better. It passed on to me and gave me the push that I needed. :) I love it