Hello! It's Monday and the start of another week. A short week for most of you I'm sure due to the holiday on Thursday. I am part of the unlucky few who do have to come back to work on Friday and work when pretty much every vendor we work with is closed. It's going to be a gripping day at work, I'm sure.
In addition to this being a holiday week, the greater Seattle area (well Washington in general) is experiencing unusually high temperatures, like most of the west and southwest states. I have to admit, it's been quite unbearably hot with today being the hottest day of the heat spell; we'll be in the 90's. Ugh. Now before all you lovely people living in the south and midwest start jumping on me saying those temps aren't hot and I need to pull on my big girl panties and deal with it, let me remind you of one little thing.
Us Pacific Northwesterners...we don't have air conditioning! Office buildings, malls, hotels...all those places have air conditioning. Homes and various other public areas do not have that lovely invention, so trying to sleep is unbearable at times because it is actually cooler outside than it is in the house.
Okay, stepping down from my soapbox now and onto today's Momentum Monday!
This quote could not be more true for me right now. I have been pretty down on myself about my performance at the Rock and Roll half last weekend and that coupled with the heat we have been experiencing lately, I have not run. At all. I'm kind of ashamed to say it, but it's the truth. At first I was resting to recover from the race, then I would just find excuses to not get out and run. Mostly because of the heat, as I'm not a fan of running in this horrendous heat. I'm not able to run before work, unless I want to wake up at 3am and running after work in this heat is just a ridiculous notion to me.
So alternately, I have not been liking how I'm feeling and how slowly the pounds have been creeping back on because I'm eating the same, but not training. Usually everything balances out and I get a nice slow and steady decrease in my weight. But not so right now.
I have no one and nothing to blame but myself. I am the one that makes the active decision on whether I will workout, regardless of the weather or the circumstances that surround the decision. I am getting out of my training exactly what I'm putting into it.
No results. No improvements. No conditioning. None of the things that I want to get better and improve about my running and myself. I'm disappointed.
So how do I break from this cycle of disappointment that I'm experiencing?
- I can stop making excuses and get my butt out there and do it. Something is better than nothing.
-Start taking my runs at lunch again on days that I know is going to be really hot. Take advantage of the cooler afternoons before things really start heating up.
-Try getting up early one morning a week and getting in a short morning run. Even if it's only a mile, that will help keep me going and hopefully get me more energized for the day.
-Get my backside in gear for cross training. I NEED to start pumping some iron. My muscle mass has become dismal and I need to work on that as it will help with my metabolism as well!
These are the few things I'm putting out there to help improve my running track record and get my rear back in gear. Feel free to ask me about my progress and how this is all working out for me. I like that, it helps to keep me accountable. We all need that kick in the tush every once and a while, right?
Now it's your turn: What do you do when you're disappointed with your training? How do you turn it around and get back on track? Do you tell people or keep it to yourself?