Mid Week Motivator: C25k

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I have completed C25k ( Couch 25K)! This coaching app helped me to get back into running. It doesn’t matter if you have been running for a while and have gotten into a slump. Or if you haven’t run at all. It meets you right where you are at and trains you to complete a 5k.

I must admit the last few weeks were rather scattered with my efforts. Finding it too hot to run out side, I opted instead to complete the work outs at home. Keeping moving for the duration of the 30 minutes. Then there was the week I wasn’t feeling well. Then the week I lead at camp.

But I kept on doing it. I was determined to finish this time around. All that is left is to run a 5k. I think I will begin training for a 10k next.

Finish what you started. If you don’t finish well use that as way to take stock. Ask yourself the hard questions, why was it hard? What caused you to lose motivation? Were you stuck too much in your head?

The first time I used C25k all the above affected my ability to finish. This time around I reminded myself how I had done this before and will again. That it is alright to go at my own pace. To meet myself where I am. But not allowing myself to stay there.

Running to Write, Write to Run

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The analogy has been made before, how running is like writing and vice versa. Here are three ways the two collide for myself. It’s been said often enough because it is true. A blank page is no different than a running trail in front of you. Each asks much of us, as we are unable to resist the pull of them.


I Don’t Want To Do It
Many a time I show up at the park and really don’t want to be there. I’ve tried to come up with every reason er excuse as to why I just can not do this today.
It is the same thing with writing. Whether it is a blog post or my current WIP (work in progress) , I do not want to write. But I do. Each step, as with each word I find my way.

But I Do It Anyhow

It doesn’t look pretty, but I arrive at the park or open the lap top and get to work. I know I will feel uncomfortable. Perhaps the run that day is asking more of me ( I am currently using the C25k running app and these later weeks are no joke!).
I may be stuck on a plot point and just don’t want to figure it out. It may mean going back to the beginning of the piece. After doing ALL the things but writing, I finally open my laptop and get to work.
However, once I get into a rhythm with both I keep going until I’m done.

There Is No Regret By Doing It

I have never walked away from a run or a writing time with regret. It may have not been the greatest run or even a spectacular writing time. But I tried, I showed up. Some days, that is more important than being a star or genius.
It’s those days when I didn’t show up that I regret the most. The ones where I beat myself up over the most.

Doing one pushes me to do the other. Getting through those tougher days come with their own rewards.

Mid Week Motivator: Pushing Onward

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Some days I just do not want to work out. Truly, I drag myself to the park for a run. I was tired from work. It had been a long week. Saturday was usually my off day. I could go on here.

I Push on ward anyways. I go out there even when I don’t want to. When it seems to be the harder choice. Pushing on ward is the better choice. It is the worthier choice.

Because each time you push on ward, it becomes harder to give into excuses. That is what this is all about.

Mid Week Motivator: Starting Over

The analogy between running and writing is often made. For good reason. The two are rather similar.
Both require constant, near daily attention. Recently I have taken a break from running. Getting back into it has been rather difficult. I keep recalling when getting up in the morning to run was easier. It all begins with taking one step at a time, writing one word at a time.

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What I had to concede, rather painfully is that I am starting over.  Not only with running but writing fiction. I am not a beginner, but I have lost a lot of the muscle I had built up. The good news is that I can get there again. It will take time and dedication. And being willing to be uncomfortable.

For most of this year I have concentrated more on this blog. Since running my first half this past February I have felt burnt out with running.

It is time to get back into it. To wake up in the morning not hitting that snooze button one more time. I need to refocus my energies and determination into both running and writing. To say no to doing this or that. It’s important for me to protect both my running and writing time.

<u>This week my goal for running is 2 miles, five days a week. And for writing, to begin plotting for Nanowrimo. Which I can do now that I have a glimmer of a plot!

Have you had to start over?

Mid Week Motivator- Need to Run

I have a love/ hate relationship with running. I hate it during the run, I hate how my muscles ache and how my breath can get out of rhythm. There are days when I have to chastise myself to go run already!

But then there are the days when I crave a run. That happened for me Monday evening. My life has been pretty topsy turvy as of late. My schedule has been affected by things out of my control. Monday, I needed to run. I needed it more than I needed to attend my small group as I usually do.

I needed to run because I knew I would not be able to do it later in the week due to other commitments. I needed to run because I am getting back into running and did not want to lose my momentum thus far.

It was not a far or fast run. A couple times around the park with some walking. Then ten minutes of running and down these small hills at the park

( alright its essentially a drainage ditch but you work with what you got!)

So why the photo of the horse you ask?

Because the horse NEEDS to run. As I did. As I do. I may not always love it. I may not always run well. But I need to get out there and do it. Sometimes I will love it and feel like I am flying and other times I just want to go home already. But that is just fine because it is about getting out there in the first place!

After my run I felt better. I felt lighter. Mission accomplished.

What is your relationship with running?

 

 

 

Mid Week Motivator

I haven’t hidden the fact that I have struggled with running since my half marathon.

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The last time I ran was over three weeks ago before today. I have a new job which I need to balance with my other part time job. In doing so my workouts have become scattered. The summer weather has played a part too, evening rain showers washing out plans to run.

I have been doing workouts at home but it is not the same as a good run. I have felt more worn out by not running. My body and mind need to run.

This morning I ran. I went to a new park (which has a lot of cool workout amenities) and ran/walked two laps around. It felt good to be out there again. I had fun and realized I am in bad of shape as I believed. Looking forward to my run tomorrow!

While it can be hard to get back into a routine. You need meet yourself where you are right now. Comparing what you were capable of to where you are now is defeatist. Instead, have confidence that you can get there again. However, it is up to you to take the first step!

What first step are you taking today?

No Medal, No Problem

At the end of my first Half Marathon, I did not receive my medal. They had run out in the course of the race day. I was in a such a daze at the finish line that my brain could not process this information. Part of the motivation for getting to the end of the race is receiving the medal. That moment is something I will not get back. However not getting it right then does not diminish my accomplishment.

As I read through the comment threads on Face Book it became clear to me that something more was going on. Complaint after complaint, from the medal situation to every little thing that happened that made someone’s experience not so great. It is understandable with an event as large as the Miami Marathon that not everything can or will go exactly as planned. How often in our own every day lives does that even happen? I do understand that with paying the entrance fee there is a higher expectation for things to go as planned.

What occurred to me as I read through the thread is that nearly all of us were missing the point. No it was not that a lot of people missed out on their ubiquitous after race photo. The one with the medal hanging around their necks. Complaint after complaint filled the face book threads. Even the weather was criticized! I have to say as a Florida girl since the age of 8, I found the weather on race day to be particularly beautiful. Yes I was rained on but that was fine, often my best runs are in the rain.

How easy is it to complain? Did not all of us who finished just do something that most people would shake their heads at? That we are blessed to be healthy enough to even attempt to run a race such as this? There are people who are in constant pain and unable to even walk a few steps without feeling as if they had just run a marathon. There are people who wish they could run in a race but the cost keeps it just out of reach for them.

I got to thinking that once I do have my medal what will happen to it. I will wear it for a bit, perhaps an hour or a day. Of course I will have my picture taken. Show it off to friends and anyone who asks really to look at it. Then most likely it will hang on my wall. Perhaps I will have it framed along with my running number. Or not. Eventually it will end up in some box somewhere, framed or not. It will get lost in a move or broken. Becoming a footnote in the history of my life.

My point is this, the real trophy is not the one that hangs around my neck. It is the hard work and sweat put into running the race. Getting angry about this is a waste. That is what will take away from reaching the goal. Allowing something that is out of my control to become ugly is just sad. In the disappointment of not getting a medal at the end of a long, hard, race I have the knowledge (not to mention soreness!) of what I just did. Pushing my body to complete a race. That alone is worth it’s weight in gold than any medal in the world.

I chose to train and run this race because I wanted it. I wanted to do something to show how far I had come. Getting out there day and day training for the race was not what I always wanted to do. The fact that anyone who participated and finished the race (or any race!) is an amazing feat. I revel in this, how this body is healthy enough to complete 13.1 miles.

Now am not sure of when my next half will be, this year or the next but I do hope to run another one!

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (NIV)

My lovely friends made me a homemade medal as you can see below.Marathon Medal