Most people would succeed
in small things
if they were not troubled
with great ambitions.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
One of my favorite quotes and it really sums me up... also could contribute to my tendency toward procrastination. I can sit all day thinking about the things I want to do and at the end of the day realize I did not accomplish anything. Sometimes it is good, other times bad. For example, when I want to write something for work I can think about it for a day or two and when I sit down to type an elaborate review or workflow my move effortlessly to creation a masterpiece. My peers think that it comes easy, they don't realize that I can casually compose in my mind for hours or days before I even start to type so what they see are only the finishing touches. When it comes to workouts and being fit, I think I day dream about the fitness model I could be if all I had to do in life was focus on being a fitness model and then not workout at all.
Last week I decided it was time to take action and went to the gym 2-days in a row! On day one I just worked out on one of those glider things. My gym partner was late so my planned 30 minutes, turned in to 1:20 and about 6 miles done. The next day I decided I would hit the treadmill and to my shock and amazement, I could not run a mile without stopping. Ok, let me qualify that, I am sure under pressure or stress I could manage to run a full mile, but in a casual starting to go-back-to-the-gym kind of way, there was no way it was happening. How does one fall so far behind??? Well, I think I am ready to try and give consistency another go with one of my favorite carrots dangling at the end, a 10K trail run! It's slated for mother's day weekend at that. It is a simple plan. No speed work, no fancy fartleks, tempo runs etc. This little plan will be difficult for me to follow since I struggle with consistency. I have no delusions that I will nail every workout. I do however plan to enjoy a lovely trail course, one I have done before and one I will not be able to fully enjoy unless I can cover the distance at least at a jogging pace. So for that I will train. Believe it or not these 7 weeks will be my success with something small so that I can stop spending so much brain time on my great ambition of getting my weight down. All things in due time.
|1||R||2 m||CT or R||2 m||R||2.5 m||25-30 min EZ run or CT|
|2||R||2.5 m||CT or R||2 m||R||3.5 m||30-35 min EZ run or CT|
|3||R||2.5 m||CT or R||2 m||R||3.5 m||35 min EZ run or CT|
|4||R||3 m||CT or R||2.5 m||R||4 m||35-40 min EZ run or CT|
|5||R||3 m||CT||2.5 m||R||4.5 m||35-40 min EZ run or CT|
|6||R||3.5 m||CT||3 m||R||5 m||40 min EZ run or CT|
|7||R||3 m||CT or R||2 m||R||10K||Yay Me!!!|
The Big Picture: I have learned I need to set my self up for success. What else to make a young mother feel strong than a trail run on mother's day weekend. I am all about feeling a sense of accomplishment.
Why I Kick A$$: I made a delicious southern style meal for the family tonight including home made biscuits. Yummy!!
- For several invitations to the gym this week
- For finding a simple 10K plan
- For making time to create this post in advance