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Let me actually start this post by saying that I was finally successful with completing week 2 of C25K — on the 2nd try of course — and then I started week 3 where I had to run for 3 full minutes in 2 of the intervals which I was shocked that I could actually do!  However I did get a little distracted this week…

My friend LeighAnn (who’s fault it is that I started this C25K program in the first place) just started her training for the New York City marathon this past week and she started her running addiction with C25K too. This week she had a post on her blog about mental preparation before a run. She talked about using the phrase “But it doesn’t matter” to combat negative thoughts that enter your head while running [see her post].

I really liked this idea –so I started making plans to get this phrase into my head before I started running week 3 of C25k (which was the past week for me). I get up at 5:30 AM to go run by 6:00 AM so my negative thoughts usually start while I am still lying in bed in a slightly comatose state and unfortunately these thoughts have been pretty successful at keeping me off the pavement on several occasions this week.

Here are the thoughts that successfully kept me from hitting the street and continuing to hit the snooze button this past week:

But my knee is really bothering me this morning.

Man, I am having some major cramps.

My head is killing me. If I can just keep my eyes closed for a few more minutes…

Wow, it’s 3:30 AM and the rain is really coming down out there. I bet it won’t blow over in the next 2 hours. I’ll just reset my alarm clock and try again for tomorrow morning.

I forgot to wash my running clothes.

Yes. These are the lame thoughts that helped me decide to stay in bed. If only I had been able to wrap my mind around, “But it doesn’t matter” — then maybe I would have more than 1 out of 3 days completed for week 3. Oh and for the record– my knee didn’t hurt that bad, it was not still raining at 5:30 AM and I had other clothes that I could have worn to run in…but in my groggy mental state at 5:30 AM all I could think was,

But it doesn’t matter — any excuse is good enough…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So I guess I did wrap my mind around “But it doesn’t matter”. It just wasn’t the way it was originally intended. Oh well, the good thing is that tomorrow starts another week and I’ll hit week 3 again.

The reality is that it will probably take me 18 weeks to complete a 9 week program…but it doesn’t matter.

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