Training again. My weight is fluctuating and I need to be more consistent. While I'm still at goal I really don't like being in that upper two pound margin. So, today I worked on running for speed and increased the treadmill speed from 4.5 kph to 5.0 and 5.5 kph. I ran for 62 minutes covering approximately five miles. While I ran I concentrated on form, pulling in my stomach and having a more erect carriage to avoid tightness and pain in my lower back later. Doing so I was reminded of how people often say "Suck it up!" when things get tough. I think what they should really be saying is "Suck it in!" because when you do so you activate a whole realm of muscles which can give you an incredible burst of strength - a hidden reserve, as it were.
I'm finding spending that much time on the treadmill is no longer as taxing as it was a few weeks ago. I'll be able to push past the one hour mark in the next few weeks, I'm thinking. I can't help but reflect on how far I've come. I think about this daily. To go from being a person who couldn't climb stairs to someone who finds an intense one hour cardio work out 'not that taxing' is nothing short of a miracle. And then it hits me: I'm 57 years old! Ten years it would never have been possible.
I also find I'm managing to wean my self off my trainer habit. I had become so attached to Bruce, and while I'm sorry my plans for winter training didn't work out the way I had hoped, I know I have the discipline to carry on by myself - with Higgie's help, of course! I've come this far, so I know I can keep going.