You may remember my post here about running for 10 minutes straight.
Well, today I decided to up the ante. Today I ran for 30 minutes straight. That's right. Half an hour of running without stopping. I slowed my pace a fair bit compared to how I usually run, but found a rhythm that felt as though I could run for hours. I haven't really been training for anything like this. In fact, I actually hadn't run on the treadmill for a few weeks other than once last week. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't even sure when I got on the treadmill this morning that that's what I was going to do today, but 10 minutes into my run, I said it out loud to Katie, my personal cheerleader beside me, and once it was said out loud, you can be sure that I was going to follow through on it.
It got me thinking about how crazy it is that here I am, 6 months after the birth of my second child, 6 months after reaching my heaviest weight, I am in better shape than I was in my teenage years. Sure, I am still carrying around an extra 20, 30, or 40 lbs depending on how you look at it, but I can't remember a time when I was ever able to run for 30 minutes straight.
Today is about more than just reaching a goal. It's about realizing that I didn't need to focus on that specific goal for weeks or months. I didn't need to follow a training plan that gradually increased my running time by one minute everyday. That may work for some, but for me, I just had to do the right things and in the end, my body is capable of doing it, I was just waiting for my mind to catch up.
Tomorrow I challenge you to set a goal beyond your comfort zone and achieve it. Don't think about it, just do it.