It’s been a good three weeks since I’ve gotten out for a run (at which point I was smashing personal bests and making great improvements). I had gotten into a healthy habit of frequent running and built up my strength and stamina. I was starting to feel I was getting somewhere and my goal of running an entire 5k started to feel somewhat realistic.

Here I am, three weeks out (due to illness) but I will not let this small, yet significant setback do any more damage. It may take a while for me to get back to where I was, and I may not achieve my goals as quickly as it once seemed, but I will get there. A huge part of physical exercise for me is the mental battle. When I set out with an ‘I can’t do this’ attitude, I won’t. When I set out with an ‘I can do this’ attitude, I will, or at least I’ll do a much better job. You have to believe in yourself to succeed, and you have to motivate yourself to progress.

I went out for a short 3k to assess the damage of my time out and I was honestly shocked at how hard I found it. I couldn’t run it all, in fact I had to stop twice, and even at that it was a serious struggle. That said, I will go out and try it again tomorrow and build myself back up slowly but surely.

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.

Stay tuned,
Aislinn (Slimwithme_Molly)

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