I was onto Point #2 of my chat during the Ladies Night we had at the Gym recently, and wanted to make sure I slowed down so that the point really hit home.
Rewind a few years, and I was sharing the story of beginning my training for a full distance Triathlon after having had my 2nd child, Nella.
2 pregnancies with less than a year a part had certainly taken its toll on my body and I knew that the “getting back” into it stage was going to need a careful approach. Throw into the mix the post-natal depression I had with my first child, meant that my self-esteem was needing love & support, not the self-bashing mentality of go hard or go home!
Winning from day one was crucial for me. We all like to feel like we are winning, right?!
I had about 10 months to train towards a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run and focused heavily on the scientific principle of progressive overload. What this means is to make your workouts harder, heavier or longer bit by bit, so your body continually has to adapt (get fitter and stronger) to deal with the increased stimulus.
So, I sat down and wrote my program for the first 4 weeks.
It was awesome.
It was the best program I had ever written!
It was so damn good that I was ready to get started – right away.
Week one involved 2 runs and I had the exact route mapped out I was going to take.
Let’s go back to the Ladies Night…. and the moment I asked them a question…. “How long do you think I had planned for my first run? How many kilometers do you think I was starting with on Day 1?”
Answers jumped out at me.
I stood there and listened waiting for the room to die down again.
“Ladies, it was less than that – a lot less. For the first 2 weeks my planned runs were 500 meters.”
The room erupted.
“WHAT?! Only 500 meters???”
I could see the look of disbelief on their faces with comments like… ” Why bother?!, and, Is that all?!, ringing through the room.
And then they stopped to think about it and it started to sink in.
The importance of starting small.
The importance of winning from Day 1.
The importance of being kind to yourself.
Fitness is a long term game and enjoying the process early on in your training is one of the keys to long term results.
I went on to share that I then doubled my training in week 3!
This now meant I was now running the big, huge amount of 1 whole kilometer!
WOW – this girl was on fire!
I knew deep down that the momentum I was building would steamroll into discipline. My body was feeling good from moving, my pelvic-floor was coping and my self-esteem was lapping up the wins that I was pinning on the board!
Starting small works.
It really does.
Running 500 meters on that first day didn’t leave me all hot and sweaty.
But, it did leave me with spirits so high, and motivation on the rise with a wanting for more.
And that is where you win my friend.
That moment with yourself when you whisper…. “YES, I can do this!”
Yes. You. Can.
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