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Weekend Goal Evaluations

Flying high three months ago when I finally hit double-digits for the first (and so for, the only) time: 10 miles!

Happy weekend, guys! I’ve neglected myself a bit this week due to poor planning and a busy work week, so I’m very excited that it’s the weekend. I started it off last night by setting up all sorts of science experiments in my kitchen. I started another sponge for overnight pizza dough, and I introduced my kefir culture to its new home (a glass jar in the pantry). I’ll give you a full breakdown of the kefir process when it’s ready for human consumption.

This weekend’s list of Things to Do involves reorganizing my home office, yoga (check! done this morning), and maybe a run or a bike ride, in addition to other chores like laundry, doing a partial water change for the goldfish, and cooking a big batch of Japanese curry on Sunday.

I’m really disappointed in myself for failing to prioritize my running. My half marathon is in less than a month and I haven’t run in two weeks. I’m considering walking it with my boyfriend’s mom, who signed me up for the running part and herself up for the walking part.

I think I need to do some soul searching as to why creating a consistent running regimen is so difficult for me. In true, illogically idiotic Elaine form, the more stressed about the half marathon I’ve gotten, the less likely I’ve been to go out and run. I suppose this is a classic avoidance strategy (my neurotic behavior of choice). The only way I figure I can get over it is to just do it anyway. I’m also going to take Carla’s advice from MizFit and Two Fit Chicks and literally schedule my training into Google calendar with the rest of my appointments.

I’ve been listening to the Two Fit Chicks podcast archive a lot lately. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’d highly recommend you do! The other fit chick is Shauna from The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl. They’ve got great tips and a really positive message.

One topic I listened to recently involved dialing in on the reason behind your goals. I have a very specific reason for why I want to run a marathon. I want to prove to myself that I can set, work towards, and achieve a long-term goal solely for myself, not on behalf of anyone else or in order to live up to anybody’s expectations. I guess I picked a running event because I still look back on the chubby, asthmatic kid I used to be, and sometimes I can’t believe I can run a single mile, let alone 10 miles, and I want to see what I really am capable of.  The lesser motivations for my marathon goal include creating a long-term exercise habit, learning how to listen to my body, alleviating stress (ironically!), and enjoying more time outdoors.

Perhaps I need to physically manifest my marathon motivation in the form of a poster, sticky notes or business cards in my wallet.

What are your current goals, and why?
How do you keep the “why” in mind?

8 thoughts on “Weekend Goal Evaluations

  1. You know, if you’re too stressed to run, then maybe ease up on your goal and just walk the half-marathon. It will always be there and you can run it next year. There’s no point in risking injuries or pushing b/c your brain says you must. You are a fit and healthy person without running the half.

    I’ve got to figure out how to keep my exercise up when my DH is home. Yesterday we did a lot of shopping, then I made dinner and then it was too late. Today, we went for a short walk (but he’s still scared of pushing me and doesn’t want me to walk too far) and then it was an afternoon of household chores and now I’m exhausted.

    But when he goes to work, it’s easy to find time to do my workouts. I can’t wait until I can walk unattended. OK, it’s only been 3 weeks since surgery, but I really want to walk by myself again! That’s my goal for the next 2 weeks — get strong enough so the DH trusts me to go out for a walk by myself.

    1. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I could muscle through it if I took enough walking breaks, but I’d probably spend the rest of the week tending to blisters, icing my knees, and swearing that I’ll never run again. 🙂

      That’s sweet that your hubster doesn’t want to push you too hard on your walks! I’m sure that with patience and diligence you’ll be there in no time. Also, I really believe that doing chores counts as active time (unless you’re paying bills). You’re either logging steps around the kitchen or to/from the laundry, or you’re keeping your upper body busy with washing, folding or dusting things. My boyfriend’s mom logged over 10K steps on her FitBit in her kitchen preparing for a dinner party!

  2. I understand exactly what you are talking about here. I also struggle with consistency a lot of the time. But it’s generally starting the routine that’s the hardest for me. Once it’s already going I don’t have as much of a problem making myself follow along.

    I agree that scheduling workouts is absolutely key to following through. In training for my recent race I decided I would run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the week, once on the weekend, and then left a 4th run to schedule depending on how each week looked. It was loose, but enough to make me follow through on running 2-4 times a week throughout the whole 6 weeks.

    The goal evaluation thing is really, really interesting. I think my goals are similar to yours. I want to prove to myself that I’m not a quitter and can commit to and achieve these goals for myself. The reason I chose running (though I am not aiming for a marathon, and not even sure I will try fro a half), is also because I was a very inactive person for most of my life and I like seeing how far I can push myself to overcome that. I also think that people don’t expect it of me, and I love the pride I feel and the respect I seem to earn when I say,”Yeah, I ran a 10k over the weekend.”

    Also, running just makes me feel SO good.

    You need to stop pressuring yourself and remember how running makes you feel. Banish thoughts of your half for now, and just get out there and enjoy yourself. When the time comes to make decisions, you will make them. But for now just don’t stress about it.. <3

    1. Thanks Maya! 😀 You made some really good points, like how it’s not so hard to keep up the momentum once you get going, to remember that running feels good, and to take things one at a time. (I’m really bad at that, lol.)

      Speaking of how running feels — maybe I’m still not used to the idea that I can run without pain now. It’s only been about 8 months since I took my Chi Running workshop, so I could still be a little afraid that I’ll come back from a run with bum knees and blisters, which hasn’t really been an issue since mid-summer. Honestly, I think the last bad run I had was bad due to a stomach ache. (Which the priobiotics seem to be helping.)

      Maybe that’s a good angle to go from: Encouraging myself to run enough that the good feelings override the negative memories.

      I set up a new running/yoga schedule yesterday. And it’s already messed up because I have a haircut during my yoga class tomorrow. 😉 I’m going to swap today’s run with tomorrow’s yoga and see if that works!

      1. Whee! I like being helpful! 😀

        How was the workshop? I’ve seen some of the Chi Running videos online and they seem to be teaching a method inline with the way I approach running, so I find them intriguing.

        Good luck with the new schedule. Remember you don’t have to be perfect, just do your best!

        1. Maya, the workshop was AWESOME. I highly recommend it, the workshop is worth the price if you can swing it. If not, the DVD is easier to understand than the book.

          You know what’s funny, I used to have recurring dreams where I’d be running, but it would be like I was running through sludge, and I’d slow down until I couldn’t go anymore and then everything would go black.

          Ever since the Chi Running workshop, I’ve started having dreams where I can run incredibly fast, faster and longer than anything else in my dream that’s after me. 🙂

  3. I know exactly what you mean about avoidance as a means of coping with stress. I do the exact same thing and the more pressure I put on myself to not avoid something, the more I avoid it. Sometimes I honestly think I’m afraid to push myself because if I don’t push myself and fail, I can blame my lack of training (e.g. skipping my training for the last few weeks before my race this weekend). If I were to train hard and diligently and still fail…sigh….

    I wish I had advice…I DO have advice but it’s all stuff I haven’t been able to do myself and I hate to be a “practice what I preach, not what I do” sorta girl. It does help to remember that even spotty training or just do some workout is still amazing and great and better than most!

    1. Thanks AJ. That’s so true about fear of failure. I’ve been there with my running before for sure, but it never really occurred to me as fearing I can’t do it. I always just thought I was epically lazy. 😉

      And you know… you’re totally right about spotty training being better than no training at all, too. The ideal in my mind is always to run 3-4 days a week at a certain mileage. But I did really well a few years ago when I was really busy but consistently managed 1-2 days a week (and maybe a third if the stars aligned into the perfect parameters for running).

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