Four minutes and 52.5 seconds equates to inconsequential or impressive, depending on context. If you spend four minutes and 52.5 seconds waiting for a friend, you will likely deem that inconsequential. Meanwhile improving your 5k time by four minutes and 52.5 seconds impresses. A feat I recently achieved!
To catch everyone up, last August I completed my first official 5k (3.1 miles). Discouragement tempted me afterwards. My chipped 5k time clocked in at one hour, two minutes, and 44.4 seconds. I finished last in my age group and overall!
Thankfully I managed to escape discouragement’s temptation. Wait, wait! I deserve more credit. Call me cocky if you wish.
Yet, I not only managed to escape discouragement. I defied! Through three Cs I outmatched and neutralized my cerebral palsy. All led to my four-minute and 52.5-second improvement.
Like A Monster!
Ironically I accomplished my improved 5k time at the Lake Erie Monsters Community Fun Run. Ironic how you ask? Think about a monster. What makes monsters scary? They come at you full force. No hesitation. Monsters believe in themselves. You can say monsters possess confidence.
There we hit on the first C, confidence. Like a monster I entered the 5k confident. Walking 5ks serves as tests towards my larger half marathon goal (13.1 miles). In my half marathon training I am pushing distance limits. At the moment I regularly hit seven-plus miles. Suddenly walking 3.1 miles seems no biggie.
While confidence generates ease, confidence does not come easily. You must build up. Here the second C walks in, consistency. Work consistently at your goals.
Personally I am walking at least once a week. In 2014 when I first took walking serious, I reached exhaustion after four-and-a-third miles. Well just this weekend I walked eight-and-a-half miles!
Said progress proved no walk in the park though! Actually the progress included some walking in the park. Excuse my literalness.
Anyways I meant progress comes with physical consequences. Due to how I walk I deal with calluses on my feet. Now I’m encountering increased callus issues. Issues I am handling. So I can keep building my leg muscles.
The Most Powerful Muscle
Earlier I said the three Cs “outmatched and neutralized my cerebral palsy.” The two mentioned already outmatch. C number three neutralizes. A task made possible via the most powerful muscle. I am talking about the brain.
By mindfully selecting the 5k to participate in, I outsmarted my cerebral palsy. Particularly I stayed mindful about the third C, course. Consider what the course entails.
A course’s makeup impacts how your body must work. The first 5k I completed involved hills. Cerebral palsy turns navigating inclines and declines into challenges. In comparison the Monsters Community Fun Run featured a flatter course. Less difficulty navigating a course translates to a faster 5k time.
Please do not misinterpret the above to mean “Avoid challenges.” I am set to complete the more challenging course again this summer. Curiosity eats me. How much improvement could I see on the same course? We shall know come August.
Until then I will consistently work at my bigger half marathon goal. Building confidence along the way! Staying mindful about the courses I embark on too.
I hope you do the same with your goals. Work consistently. Build confidence. Stay mindful about your course, albeit a literal or metaphorical one. Live life in stride.