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?