When Setting A Goal Too High Causes Failure

I like to think of myself as a runner.  Yeah, I know.  It may be on a treadmill in a gym, but hey…I’m running.  I generally run a 10 minute mile, or for those not in the know, one mile (1.6 km) of distance running 6.0 mph (9.66 km/h) for 10 minutes.  When at the gym, I run two miles (3.2 km) and feel fine.  Running makes me feel good.  It shows me that I can do something athletic and without ending winded.  Sweaty, yes!  Very!  It also helps relieve frustration and get things off my mind.

Tuesday’s running was for a specific reason and the routine was not really my own.  The base of the routine was created by…you guessed it…Bill Phillips in the Body-for-LIFE.  The part left up to me is the speed.  The following is the plan, laid out by the minute, the intensity, and the speed in miles per hour.

Minute

Intensity

MPH

1

5

5.5

2

5

5.5

3

6

6.0

4

7

6.5

5

8

7.0

6

9

7.5

7

6

6.0

8

7

6.5

9

8

7.0

10

9

7.5

11

6

6.0

12

7

6.5

13

8

7.0

14

9

7.5

15

6

6.0

16

7

6.5

17

8

7.0

18

9

7.5

19

10

8.0

20

5

5.5

As you can see, the workout lasted for 20 minutes.  That’s all you really need.  If you run for much longer, you actually don’t get the desired effects.  You go from doing something good to doing something not so good.  It’s complicated.
The intensity column may not make sense, but trust me….there’s a reason.  You start off at a plataue and start gaining speed.  This stimulates your muscles as you lose fat. Your body becomes more “metabolically efficient” and start to burn fat even while resting…either sleeping or sitting still at work or driving.  The intensity guides you when determining the speed.  You can see that I set my speed between 5.5 and 7.5 with a high point of 8.0.
I didn’t think these speeds were too high.  I mean, this past Saturday, I ran something close to this.  These speeds, however, proved to be too much for me to handle.  I reached minute 12 and I literally became too winded and had to step off.  I also started hurting badly in my right side just underneath my rib cage.  It’s not the first time I have felt that pain, but it caught me by surprise.  Not only did the pain stop my progress, but I was really hot in the shirt I was wearing and unfortunately, I was almost directly under a light.
Today is Thursday and it is another cardio day.  I’ve decided to lower my speed with my lowest being 4.5 and the high point at 7.5.  I’m hoping I can accomplish this goal and get through a complete workout.  We’ll see!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *