Do you guys know who Meghan Tonjes is? She’s an amazing musician. I discovered her on YouTube sometime last year (check out her covers, seriously).
A year ago, she weighed 320 pounds. Now she’s down to 251. And she’s done it all through diet and exercise.
She is such an inspiration to me.
One of the things that she taught me in this video seems like something I should have already understood – but didn’t. She ran 5 miles before she shot this. She ran 5 miles at a 17/18 minute mile.
My walking pace is a 16 minute mile and it kills me. My legs always hurt SO badly when I’m finished. And I always assumed that to run, I would have to be able to maintain a pace that’s faster than that. It never ever occurred to me that I can jog at the same pace to build stamina and endurance.
I didn’t understand that I have to build up to that 13 minute mile. I can’t just go from walking 16 minute miles (and truly, walking any faster than that enters the jog/run territory) to full out running 13 minute miles. There has to be a transition. I have to build up to it.
I don’t know why I wasn’t smart enough to figure that out on my own. I think it’s because I have this desire to be done. I want to go straight from point A to point B without actually taking the journey between the two points. In my weird Mandi-logic, I shouldn’t have to struggle so hard to learn how to do things I already know how to do.
But just because my brain knows it doesn’t mean my body can do it. And truthfully, it can’t. My 16 minute miles suck. But I can do almost 2 of them without stopping now and three months ago I was struggling to do a single 20 minute mile.
And I need to remind myself of that every once in awhile.