Progress Isn’t Linear

One of my (super badass) coworkers had an amazing Instagram post this morning.

She’s a CrossFitter/yogi and talked about how she did a muscle-up for the first time on this day last year and assumed she’d make more progress in a year — but realizes progress isn’t linear.

This couldn’t hit any closer to home for me right now.

After my last post about my race last weekend, a few friends texted me they were proud. OF WHAT? was my visceral reaction. I didn’t feel like I had a choice that day. I felt like crap, so I stopped.

I hadn’t pushed my limits farther than I ever had before. I hadn’t run a longer distance or a faster time. In fact, I’d done less than I usually do/have done.

I felt frustrated that I had gotten to this point. How could I go from a sub-4 marathoner (still my crowning athletic accomplishment) to someone who struggled through a 10K?

I’m trying to focus right now on working with my trainer to get stronger and lose some weight to make running easier again. 

Until then, I’m going to focus on what I can do, and just run when it feels fun until I’m back in my groove. But if I have to take two steps back before I can take one step forward, it’s what I’m going to do. Running, we’re not done.

Have you had to take steps back in your fitness to move forward? 

November 18th 2016
Posted under regular by Theodora Blanchfield.