Greetings from Cleveland! I woke up this morning at my dad’s house in Cleveland. I decided I would go ahead and attempt this run even though I was out of my “normal” running environment.
Dad has a treadmill, so after waking and hydrating a bit, I went to the basement to complete today’s program. After a few minutes on his treadmill, I wasn’t feeling it, so decided to move my run outside. It was about 50* after all, so it was a nice morning for it.
The program today was:
Run 8 minutes
Walk 5 minutes
Run 8 minutes
Dad lives in a nice, quiet neighborhood, though it’s not very big. I had to stay in the neighborhood though, because the road he lives off of is a tad busy and I didn’t really want to risk getting run over this weekend.
The entire neighborhood is probably about 3/4 of a mile. I think I ended up doing about 3 laps, so about 2 1/4 miles in 30 minutes. I completed the first 8 minute run and was tired and out of breath. My heart rate was around 185, so I knew my pace was a little fast (I have trouble pacing outside), but all in all I was feeling OK.
I walked the 5 minutes and then started to run the 8 minutes. That’s when the mind games started. I told myself, just get to 4 minutes and then you can stop if you want…it’s good you came out on your mini vacation at all. After a bit of this, I remembered a blog post I read the other day (unfortunately I searched and searched, but couldn’t find it again) talking about all the negative talk you tell yourself when running. That’s when I decided to shut up and do it. Just complete the run. Yes, I was tired. Yes, I was out of breath. Yes, my heart rate was getting uncomfortably high. But I thought of the feeling I would have when I was done. And I love that feeling so I just ran.
The verdict? Sometimes you just have to shut up and do it and you’ll thank yourself later. I know (now) from experience.
Today’s Playlist (Let me know what you think of the playlist idea):
Harder to Breathe-Maroon 5
Brick by Boring Brick-Paramore
Right Now (Na Na Na)-Akon
I’d Do Anything-Simple Plan
Don’t Lie-Black Eyed Peas
What do you tell yourself to push yourself forward when all you want to do is quit?