Pushing my limits (Day 18)

It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged, but I’m still training! I just suffered a bit of a setback two weeks ago when I crashed a bike I was test riding. I took three days off, tried walking one day, and that still hurt, so I took another three days off. I still haven’t hopped in the pool since, but I’m hoping I do that tomorrow.

Since I resumed my training on July 23, I’ve pushed my limits and have accomplished more than I thought I could.

On day 14, I biked 33 miles. Before my training, I didn’t bike more than a mile at one time. I was pretty sore after that, but I didn’t need any motivation to go that far.

Today was a whole different thing. Running. When I got on the treadmill, I told myself I was running three miles– without stopping. I’ve never gone that far without stopping before. I sprinted all throughout high school. Every time I had to run 600 meters without stopping in high school, I thought I was going to die. But today was going to be the day. I was going to push my limits.

Today’s motivation? Eric Berry, an NFL player I’ve had the luxury of interviewing. Back in November he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Today he was back on the practice field with his team.

After a mile and a half, I was dripping in sweat. I wanted to stop, but I kept going. I kept telling myself that EB didn’t quit. He didn’t stop. If he could return to football after beating cancer, I sure as hell could run three miles. Three miles is nothing.

It took me 37 minutes and seven seconds to finish what I started, but I did it. I averaged 12:33 per mile, but I did it. I was covered in sweat and smelled really gross. My feet were in a lot of pain, but I did it.

Can’t wait to be able to do five.

 

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