One foot in front of the other. That’s a mantra I’ve seen repeated many times in blogs on WordPress and from other runners on Twitter. I put it to good use today. After the 80 degree heat on Monday, today was overcast and in the upper 60’s. Perfect running weather. So off I went. I’ve gotten into a routine of running a mile, walking a mile and then running half a mile. That was my plan for today as I headed for the park.
I started out with a brisk walk for three laps before launching into my run. The usual heavy legs started to set in around lap three, but I pushed through it. It didn’t seem as bad today as I settled into lap five, the lap that takes me to a mile. So I decided to keep going. I usually run a mile and a halfway with a walking break after the mile marker. So I figured I could get the mile and a half in one go. As I headed into lap seven I still felt I had more in the tank so I just went for it. I’ve never managed to run two whole miles in a single workout before. I got close once but had to stop running one lap short of the first mile.
Heading into lap 10 I hit The Wall. My legs just wanted to stop but I pushed on, refusing to come up short this time. The One Foot In Front Of The Other mantra chanted over and over in my head as I followed word with deed and I completed my first ever two consecutive two mile run. It was such a good feeling. I managed to complete my two mile run in just 21 minutes. I’m really pleased with that time. It shows I pushed myself hard. I guess my fitness level is coming up. I’m glad I took advantage of the cooler weather to push myself as I know the 80’s will be back after today and we’re going to a convention next week. As long as I see progress that will give me the push to maintain my new healthy lifestyle.
When I got home I tested my sugar. It was 88, a good number. I love how my body is responding to my healthier lifestyle. Getting more active is a great way to get diabetes under control. I really feel upbeat and hopeful that I can get off medication altogether. That’s my goal. I’ll find out how close I am to achieving that when I go back to the doctor next month. Running is part of my life now.
I am a runner!