Thoughts Become Actions

One of my favorite quotes is from Henry Ford:

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

Last night I was on the treadmill – Week 3, Day 1 of C210K – 90 second run/90 second walk; 3 minute run/3 minute walk; lather, rinse, repeat.

I like the C210K program. It gradually builds up endurance, and I feel as though I’m starting at square one, so it feels good to get back to the basics with an app that I’m familiar with (Zenlabs, in case you’re looking for a good program). Since I’ve done the C25K or C210K a number of times I know I’m not exactly starting at square one so I decided on Week 1, Day 1 that I was going to do my run segments at an increased speed. For the first two weeks I’ve set my treadmill at 6mph (which is more like 5.5mph – old treadmill). Based on my Garmin – I’m NOT running at 6mph. I think that works out to about 10 minute miles? I don’t math.

The first time that I did C25K in 2012 I remember Week 3 being the week that I did three weeks in a row because I just could NOT run for three minutes at a time. I remember the frustration and the desire to quit so many times, but I did that damned week until I could do it before moving on to the next increase.

So here we are…back at the hated week 3. I completed the 90/90 with the 6mph run segment that I have been doing for the first two weeks, and then it came time to do the 3 minute run. I knew that I couldn’t run for 3 minutes at 6mph, because…of course I couldn’t! So I set the speed at 5mph and began running. It felt too easy, so I clicked it up once, then twice, and finally settled in on 5.5mph for the rest of the 3 minutes.

During the 3 minute walk segment Henry Ford popped into my head.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

Oof!

Why do we (and when I saw “we” I mean “I”) set limitations on ourselves? Why do we jump immediately to “I can’t do that.”? Whatever “that” happens to be. I’ve done this consistently with my running since the day I first laced up my sneakers.

I got through the next 90/90 interval at my normal 6mph/4mph pace and then came the ding from the app, “Begin running for…3 minutes. You are on run 4 of 4.” So I hit the 5 button again to set my pace and then immediately hit the 6 button. Why should I limit myself? Why should I not at least try to do 3 minutes at 6mph?

And I did it. For three minutes. And I didn’t die.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

I’ll keep reminding myself of that as I get further and further into the program and come upon the weeks that I remember as being difficult. 

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