I started the morning tired. A shift worker in the house is something I am still getting used to, and he was quite late last night. This didn’t stop me, however, and I was out of the door before the Sun decided to be nasty and burn everything. I had no plans to stop at the gym; thus, I foolishly left the pass at home. Buoyed by the success of my last two morning walks, I started at a great pace, and then the shin splints arrived with a vengeance.
The last two mornings, I had walked about 1 mile with shin pain from my speed, but I stopped in at the gym, did some arm exercises and continued at the same pace with no problems. The shorter walk worked as a warm-up. Today, that did not happen, and I had to stop and do some shin stretches standing on curbing in the complex. I really must remember to warm up my legs if I am going to ever get to the stage of jogging the entire way. On the positive side, my stretches were successful.
The struggle was with the time and the distance today. I have no idea why but I wasn’t feeling the walking love this morning. After one lap I was so very tempted to call it quits. However, I was reminded of something a friend had posted on Facebook. “ Give it 5 minutes.” This is a trick to get you started on a task where you dedicate just 5 minutes to the task. What happens then is that you have begun so you tend to continue. I know I was already 20 minutes into my walk at this stage, but I applied the 5-minute rule and thought I will walk for another 5 minutes. This turned into – before I stop for the mail, I’ll do another lap around the lake. And then after the lap around the lake, I’d done a further 5 minutes and was 30-minutes into the walk.
The halfway mark is magic for me. If I can make it halfway, then I find it very easy to finish. Despite being no more than about 400 meters from my apartment at the extremes of the complex, once I have reached the magic halfway mark of a goal, it is easier to finish the goal. 30 minutes later, I had not quite completed 5 kilometres, so my time was slow however, by the time I made it back to the apartment, I had done 5 km in 1 hour and 6 minutes.
Fastest split: 12:37 mins/km
Slowest split: 13:32 mins/km Not a bad walk in terms of consistency of speed and the fact that I had a victory over my mind. It seems like a small thing but for me – I need these small wins so when I start running properly, I can push through the barriers my mind installs.