I ran a 5K this morning. Not a race. An amount. 3.1 miles. I had a week off after the blood donation, so my goal this morning was not to stop. And, I didn’t. It was slow as hell, but I did it. Throughout my run, I thought, “So who will I share this with?” I thought of the many cute tweets I could have posted, or links to my workout, and then I thought, well. I have no one. No one but me. Even my running partner and I are out of sync. So, this post is for self motivation. Feel free to add to it.
- Consequences: You are much closer to 200 pounds than you thought you would EVER be in a million years after your 4th marathon.
- Pleasure: The feeling of my skin and blood buzzing. This is good.
- Performance: A 36:00 5k is shit. Deal with it.
- Detailed instructions: Time to get a real plan together on my own. I have no daddy to write it for me. Time to man up.
- Short & Long Term Goals: Short term: To run 5 miles on Friday. Long Term: To complete my 5th marathon in the fall. Get a grip.
- Kindness: Smile at other runners. Wave at drivers. Do NOT yell cuss words at people who drive into the intersection as you are running through it.
- Deadlines: I start in May if I want a September marathon. Deadline #1: The Udder Run in June. Toe that line.
- Team Spirit: Okay, I have no Twitter or Facebook. I have a running partner who is getting better, while I’m getting slower. Could I actually join yet ANOTHER social network of runners? It makes me tired just thinking about it.
- Recognize Achievement: Okay, I ran 5k today. I didn’t stop. There ya go.
- Personal Stake: See #1. If the only reason to run is so I don’t balloon up again, that’s enough.
- Concentrate on outcomes: Toeing the line. Crossing the finish line.
- Trust & Respect: Trust that I can do this. Respect that I’m closer to menopause than I’d like, and respect that my body can and will do this.
- Creative challenges: So, I can’t run a race right now. Out of cash. How about running to a McDonald’s for a coffee drink, instead of Starbucks. How about put a dollar in a jar every day that I run. Money. It’s a theme. Have you noticed?
- Constructive Criticism: Instead of being depressed that I’m fat and old, how about reshaping my training? How about removing the cookies? How about THAT?
- Demand Improvement: I ran a 12 minute mile today. Maybe on Friday, it will be 11:45. And so on. I canNOT rest until I improve.
- Make it fun: Better and different music. Go to the gym and lift weights on alternate days. Bike tires just got fixed. Go for a ride.
- Create opportunities: Find other moms who want to run. Create Run Buddies for your son and others like him. Help in other areas of the community.
- Communication: At the very least, keep blogging.
- Make it stimulating: Pick new routes. Drive somewhere out of town and run. Volunteer at a race.
- Stop whining: You’ve had a month without a marathon. Deal with it. Either shut up or lace up. You pick.
- And finally:
My fingers are alive with ideas as I’m writing this. Maybe this is the post that will get me unstuck. Or maybe I’ll have another piece of chocolate. In any event, staying still is not an option.Time to fly.