Wednesday, April 8, 2015

No Excuses

I want to be a runner. I want to just lace up my shoes and hit the pavement, clearing my head, listening to good music, or a book, getting some sun, and giving my body an overall workout.

I've started and stopped the 10k Trainer by Zen Labs more times than I can count, and I could probably do the first week in my sleep. Don't get me wrong. It's a great app. And if it can get me to a 10k in 14 weeks, yay!

No Excuses

But I'm a person who rarely finishes what I start. I hate this about myself, but it's the truth. I've always got an excuse.

  • No time
  • Too tired
  • Legs are still sore from the other day
  • Workout clothes are dirty
  • Don't want to go to the gym
  • I forgot my headphones
  • I forgot my phone/Didn't charge it (which means no music or Audible)
  • Forgot my heart rate monitor (it syncs to the HRM on the treadmill, so I don't have to hold onto the sensors)
  • Too many people at the gym, no open treadmills
All of these excuses can be easily dealt with. It's just getting into the mind set of Suck it Up Buttercup. Need to start asking myself what's more important: Going home and resting up or completing another day in my 10k Trainer. 

No Excuses

I'm terrible at keeping plans. We know this. 

Yesterday, I finished Week 1 of 10k Trainer. Today, I did some yoga to stretch out. I stretched out after each run the last three days I worked out. My calves haven't been bothering me so much, thanks to stretching. 

I just did all my laundry, so not having clean clothes isn't a good excuse.

I keep at least two sets of headphones in my purse and/or car, so if I forget, there they are.

I have a charger in my purse to charge it before I leave work, if I need to, 

HRM or no HRM, it's no excuse not to get onto a treadmill. The sensors are there if I care so much about my heart rate. 

If there are too many people at the gym, find something different to do. Use it as an opportunity to change up your workout. Be flexible. 

I like going to the gym. It's honestly not much of a chore to me, but it's just getting past the mindset that I won't enjoy myself is the trouble. Figure that out.

  • How do you stay motivated?
  • What's your favorite distance to run?
  • What are you listening to while working out?

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