Runaway

So this running thing, it is still going pretty well. I am only one run away from completing Week 3 of the Couch to 5K program.

Of course, this is about where I stalled on Week 2, three times over. One run left to do, and can’t be arsed to bother. Something comes up (or down, in the case of rain) and I just end up neglecting my sneakers in the closet.

Then I don’t run for four or five days, and I need to start that week again.

So far getting over the hump last time was made easier because I’d just started using the nike+ipod setup. It’s just really damn cool to have run data collected and be able to upload it and track my progress. Not only feeling like each run is a bit easier, but having evidence that I’m improving my time per km and seeing the cumulative distance rack up is also making a difference.

But today… ohhhhhhhhhhh today. And I am so right there again today. I’ve been doing so well for so long, and today I’m just all gaaaaaaaaaaah I don’t wanna.

– I am tired.
– I am bloated.
– It is raining.
– My right hip-flexor is being all tweaky and weird.
– Things at home need unpacking/cleaning/putting away.
– I’m sick of that particular workout (5min warmup, run 90s, walk 90s, run 180s, walk 180s, run 90s, walk 90s, run 180s, 5min cooldown).
– I hate the music on that particular Couch-to-5K podcast.
– I set a goal on nikeplus.com to run 24 times in 8 weeks – so far it’s telling me I’m 2 runs behind – and I’m feeling like more of a miserable failure instead of any sort of motivation to work on bringing that back up to even.

So, gentle readers, this is where I ask for your help. I want to do this run. At least, some little part of me does. Help convince the rest of me that it would be a good idea! Leave some sort of motivating reason for me to run tonight in the comments. Please?

Because:
– My iPod battery is almost dead
– My favourite running socks are dirty
– I can do it tomorrow….

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7 thoughts on “Runaway

  1. donna

    I don’t know if Sasha’s any good for going for running, but … my motivation has so far ended up being “Because the dog has to get walked anyway…” 🙂

  2. peechie Post author

    That usually works for me. However, the dog walker comes on Thursdays, so she’s been out for a great run already today… (though I should really go anyhow, and she’s always up for another run)

  3. Sid

    Be like Nike and JUST DO IT.

    Then when you lay your head down for the night, you will feel accomplished. Lose the blogging and get ‘er done.

    (ps – you weren’t kidding about the math question, as I put in LMAO to see what would happen. You cheeky gal.)

  4. Helen

    I think I will have the pleasure of being the first one to introduce you to the art of manipsturbation..and no it’s not about the taboo sex show. My friend came up with this term as a result of manipulating oneself to enjoy doing something less than pleasant. Get some music you DO like, and force yourself to smile and do it…and about 5 mins in, you’ll go “hey..I’m glad I did this”. It’ll be done and you’ll be happy. Reason for doing it: cuz you can.

  5. colleen

    ok… so here’s the thing that I’ve found REALLY useful with exercise of any kind.

    there is no. such. thing. as willpower. You either DO it or you DON’T DO IT. You simply have to make the decision to DO it. There’s no reason for you NOT to go run. I go thru this EVER time I don’t want to go work out – Are you hurt? no. Are you really sick? nope. Are you dying? nope. why don’t you want to go? ok, so your iPod battery is almost dead. will that be the end of the world? nope. so, you know what, GO. You can go. There’s no *reason* (not excuse) *not* to go, cept you don’t wanna. just GO. you’ll feel better cuz you went.

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