Break The Ceiling

Workout Jam of the Day

“Unbreakable” By: Fireflight

This is my planking song every time! So many of the lyrics encourage me to plank a few more seconds and try to break records. Lyrics such as “God I want to dream again, take me where I’ve never been, I want to go there, this time I’m not scared” or “Sometimes it’s hard to just keep going, but faith is moving without knowing”. The words always fall at perfect times when it would be easier to drop instead of hold on for one more second.

What Did I Eat Today

Breakfast – 2 Scrambled Organic Valley Organic Free Range Large Brown Eggs

Lunch – Salad (Lettuce Off Head Topped w/ Lindsay Naturals Black Olives, Sunflower Seed Kernels, Honey Roasted Almond Slivers, Dried Cranberries, Mushrooms, Organic Spinach, Olive Garden Signature Italian Dressing), Protein2.o +Energy Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Water

Snack Think Thin Lemon Delight Protein Bar

Dinner Gardein Vegan Chipotle Georgia Style Chick’n Wings, Brussel Sprouts

Gym Journal

Well folks, as it turns out, it wasn’t a fluke! I am so incredibly happy to share that today I ran the full 10 minutes on the treadmill at 4.5mph without stopping for the third time! Beyond that, when that 10 minutes ended and started the 3 minute cooldown, instead of allowing the treadmill to decrease in speed every 60 seconds, I increased the speed to 4.8 through to the end! So I actually ran for 13 minutes without stopping and ran harder at the end rather than giving up! Seriously, I could not be more thrilled! When I told Carl, he said “Way to break the ceiling!”, and man did that feel good.

Today was leg day, so my confidence is not high that I’ll be able to push past that tomorrow. I won’t even be mad at myself if I don’t run the whole time tomorrow; however, my goal is going to be to kick the speed up to 4.7mph and try running the whole time on that setting. Today I touched the very edge of running a 13 minute mile nonstop! During the “cooldown” I saw how close I was and tried to increase the speed a little more in the last seconds to get that extra 0.02 miles on the screen, but it timed out before I got there. I couldn’t button mash fast enough. lol

After my victory on the treadmill, I knocked out the Glute, Hip Abduction, Seated Leg Press, Leg Extension, & Seated Leg Curl machines for leg day, then made my way over to plank. I’ve transitioned into a new phase of planking. I’m making sure that my first plank always crosses the 1 minute mark (usually to around 1:10 or so). Then I drop for roughly 10 seconds and plank for another 30 seconds, etc. I’m doing this until I’ve done at least 2 accumulated minutes of planking or more. After I’ve done this for awhile, I will go back to trying to increase that first plank time, but this felt like a good way to work my way into those longer times.

My grand revelation today was simply that I had been in my own way for a long time. I’m beginning to think I could always run this long without stopping, and it was fear more than the state of my health that was stopping me. I will admit that once I get past the 6 minute mark, the majority of my thoughts are simply convincing myself not to walk. It’s not easy yet, but I was able to keep going. I think I probably could have gone a couple minutes longer if the preset times hadn’t run out. So perhaps God has made me capable of more than I knew possible. That makes me smile. 🙂

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