I completed one of my goals for the year last night, a 5 minute long plank!!!! Granted I mountain peaked a few times, but for the most part I held a straight sturdy plank. The plank was done on my elbows and at the end of a rather intense boot camp class. Now that I know my arms will hold me that long, I am anxious to actually hold proper form for the full 5 minutes. Once I got past 4 minutes, I told myself what’s one more minute. I even held pretty good form for the last minute. It was much like running, what’s one more mile (minute), I’ve already done X number of miles (minutes). The plank is definitely a mental game, so I just zoned out and focused on the music not the sweat dripping in my eyes. I definitely jumped up and smiled when it was over, goal complete.
Yesterday also marked the one year anniversary of the day I began my running journey or as I called it my run-iversary. On February 19, 2012, I started Couch to 5K Week 4 Day 1 at Katy Park on a semi-warm Sunday afternoon. I wore too many layers of cotton everything and cross-training shoes that hurt my whole body. I heel striked my way around the approximately half mile paved path wheezing my way around the turns. I finished the 30 minute run/walk and thought to myself how do people do this. Fast forward one year later and I have completed numerous 5Ks, a 10K, and a half marathon which included 14 weeks of training and two 10 mile long runs. Now you’ll find me most Saturdays lacing up my shoes for a long run and considering anything less than 6 miles a short run. I really cannot believe how far I’ve come and how much I have grown to love the sport. I have made so many new friends and have so many great experiences because of running. Here’s to many more years and many more miles I will smile my way through.