Praise the progress has never proven more true during my recent challenge. I knew when I started this 30 day challenge it was going to be tough. Each day I pushed myself as far as I could push it and each day I went farther then I did the day before. It amazed me how on one day I struggled to complete the number for that day but then the very next day I went farther. And then the next day I went even farther. Then after a week I was well ahead of where I started. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to a 5 minute plank, but I was able to get to 160 crunches and 64 leg raises. Not completing the plank portion of my challenge is where praising the progress comes into play. Everyone and every body is at different fitness levels. I’m not going to give up. I know that I will get to that 5 minute plank and I will continue to be proud of the steps and milestones along the way.
On a side note I ran my first 5k after running the half marathon and my first in the cold weather.
I was nervous. Period. I don’t know why, it’s not like I hadn’t run what feels like gazillions 5k’s before. Maybe because I didn’t know how my lungs would like the cold air. Or maybe because this was my first time attending a race by myself. Regardless, I was very happy and surprised by my results. I realized two things that morning.
1. Running in cold weather isn’t that bad
2. Even though my time isn’t where I would like it to be, I know I will get there. Not because I will keep training but because I won’t give up.
So remember, when you feel like you had a bad work out day or when you feel discouraged, you are farther then you were the day before. Feel proud of how far you’ve come and how far you will go.