Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hello pain, it's been a while!

So something happened today that has not happened since before I got pregnant. I ran on the treadmill and got into the pain zone. I don't think everyone has the power to do this, but I know that this is what made the real difference in my weight loss the last time and I forgot about it.

I was doing my run, and I planned on doing 30 minutes with 5 minutes for warm up and cool down and then 10 sets of 2:30, where I'd run 70/80 seconds at 5.0/4.0 mph. When I hit set 9 I felt my legs start to turn into jello and my chest wasn't functioning at it's best and I was counting the fractions of how much more I had to run of my 70 seconds (yes I turn my remaining time into fractions or percentages so I can be pleased that 60% is over just 2/5th to go). But after the 9th set, during my 80 seconds slow jog I ran upstairs to check on my baby and the peanut was sound asleep and the baby monitor for the monkey had just gone silent and I thought why not try to push myself to try and do 5km on the treadmill today.

I was at 2.1 miles and thought only 1 more mile and with both little ones out cold, I figured I have loads of time, but I didn't know if I could push myself anymore. So I thought okay, do 12 sets instead of 10 and you can walk or slow jog the rest. Set 10 and 11 were HARD and at the end of 11 I almost stopped but I told myself one more and you can walk. But then something happened in set 12 that I forgot about. The pain in my legs went away, and both my breathing and legs stabilized and I kept running. I ended up doing 16 sets and felt like I could fly.

I am so proud of myself for pushing myself through the pain in order to keep going and get a great workout in. I now remember that I can push beyond the discomfort that comes with running past your usual pace and distance and I can't wait to do it again!


  1. that's awesome! I remember feeling that with running as well, if you just get past the pain you feel amazing!!