How many times have I heard people say “I can’t run”? Many. Last time I heard it was this morning at the school gates. A dad commented on my bright running kit and said “I wish I could run.” He looked fit. I’m sure he can run, just for some reason so many people think they can’t and they won’t even try. Or they try and feel like dying the first time and give up. I guess if you really HATE it, don’t do it, but if you like the idea and are willing to give it a go for a few months, I reckon you CAN run. Just remember to run slowly at first (Running 101: Slow down).
Anyway, I didn’t actually plan to talk about running, I planned to talk about the “impossibles” in general. I think when it comes to fitness, everything is just a matter of time. Can’t run a sub 50 minute 10k yet? I bet you will if you work on your running and keep it up. It might take you several years like it took me but it’s not impossible.
In Crossfit I have a looooong list of things that I can’t do yet. They do seem impossible right now but I know that there is no such thing. I just can’t do them YET.
Why am I being such an optimist? Am I not turning 40 in a couple of years? How could I ever think that I can do the things that I see really fit 20 year olds do?
Because: a) In the two years that I’ve done Crossfit I have already crossed off several “impossible” things from my list and b) There are some very, very fit 40+ year olds out there and I’m going to try my hardest to be one of them one day!
Every time I manage to do something that has seemed impossible, I’m actually very surprised. Maybe because I was totally not sporty at all until I was in my mid-20s and my mind is stuck in the mode of “but you’re not sporty!”
I’ve been running for 5 years now and doing Crossfit for 2, but I’m still totally surprised that I can run 5km in 21 minutes, I’m surprised that I can run 10km in 46 minutes and a half marathon in 1:44. I’m surprised that I can climb a rope, do a chin-up, a couple of kipping pull ups, that I can back squat 85kg and dead lift 102kg.
ALL of these things were in the list of “impossibles” at the back of my mind not so long ago.
And let’s mention the most “impossible” thing of all – the Crossfit double under. I have been trying to figure these things out for 2 freaking years. That means two years of whipping my arms and my ankles (that hurts, by the way) and all the time feeling that progress was very, very minimal.
A few months ago my brain all of a sudden got it. After 2 years! I can’t explain it, I can’t tell you HOW to do a double under, I just know that because I’ve been trying and trying, something has finally clicked and I’m ecstatic!
Here’s proof. 40 double unders in one go (43 is my PB at the moment; 2 months ago it was 15 and that I did ONE time in Australia last year, usually I didn’t get past 5). My face at the end says it all – “did I really do that?!?!”
For 2015 my list of “can’t do yet but I’m working on” includes:
- Pistols (squats on one leg at a time)
- Overhead squats (this one needs me to sort out my ankle mobility)
- 5 strict chin ups
- Kipping (for toes to bar and for pull ups)
I cannot do any of these things right now and they do seem impossible. However, I know it’s just a matter of time and I’m in no rush because the process of learning is a lot of fun.
What’s on your list of “can’t do yet but are working on”? What are the things in that list that you’ve ticked off in the last year?