The hubs asked if he could start using my Garmin to guage his walking distance. While teaching him how to use it, we noticed that the last time it was used was during my last half marathon training. April 2012 which was before I signed up with CrossFit.
We also noticed that my weight was at its lowest than it had been in a couple years but was still eleven pounds heavier than my weight currently. And at the time I was so called "running" just about every day but I never got faster than a 10 (plus) minute mile. My average during training was at the 12ish minute mark. I remember that specific half marathon training was the one that I wanted to walk/run intervals. So I would try not to go slower than 12 minutes, but some days it looks like I hit 15 minute walking miles too and was super duper excited to hit a real ten minute mile.
Well, why does any of that matter. Because it has been 18 months (plus) since then and I don't run every day. In fact I can go weeks without running more than a few meters and months without running even close to a mile, yet since starting CrossFit, my mile time has dropped below 9 minutes.
I'm currently strength training for a competition that is happening next week but after that is over, I told some friends that I would work with them toward a 10k race for Thanksgiving day.
Which means, the month of November will have me running again. Will I run the whole thing? Probably not. But will it feel good to be out there with some friends having a good time? Yessirreee!!
I'm not baulking at my half marathon or even full marathon training. Seeing those Garmin Stats was a fun reminder of how far I've come. Running back then was my fitness of choice and brought me so much peace, stress relief and goal achievements. But running now is part of a bigger plan. Becoming more efficient, getting stronger mind/body/spirit and feeling my absolute best as part of the whole fitness package...
THAT is where I'm at now and it feels Niiiiiice!