one on one
Sunday I took a much needed day off of training. I was supposed to do 3.5 miles, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Saturday was a long day and I needed the recovery day on Sunday. I just couldn’t run.
I felt guilty. Like I should have ran no matter what. I got off track of my schedule and thats where the spiral gets bigger. Yesterday I just didn’t feel like running. I knew that if I ran I would feel a million times better, but when you start to slack, it’s easier to keep that going and just put things off just one more day. I couldn’t run in the morning, no motivation to get up. I’ll just run after work. 6 pm rolls on by, and my motivation is still left at the door. 8 pm. I’m online and IM my boyfriend.
“should i run?”
“eh, I just don’t really feel like it”
“do it. You will feel good after, I promise. Keep up with your training, your race is going to be here sooner than you know”
I reluctantly got up, changed, threw my running shoes on and just walked on out the door. No thoughts, just knew that I had to get it done. I ran my 3.5 miles that I needed to do, and as always felt great as I finished. Sometimes it’s so hard to get your foot out the door, but everyone always knows that you never regret a workout. You can beat yourself up for not going, not having the extra oomph in you to get yourself out there, but when its all said and done, if you complete something you didn’t believe was possible it throws all the motivation back your way and gets you ready to conquer anything.
Sometimes you need a motivator. You need a support system. Someone who can push you when you feel like slacking off. Someone who you can trust to give you encouragement and guidance when you truly need it the most. This is what pushes you forward and gives you the inspiration to do bigger and better things. Never in my life did I think it was possible for ME to run a half marathon. I still have my doubts now and again, wondering if my body can really take me through 13.1 miles and not give up. I have my ups and downs with training, but i knew that at the end of this I will be so blown away by how powerful I can be, and what I can train myself to do.
This morning I woke up and went to a 6:00 AM yoga class. I wanted to focus my mind and bring myself back to the purpose of my training. I’m doing this for mind and body alike. Turns out I was the only one who showed up. I got my own private one on one training. I was able to be adjusted in my poses, align my body correctly and try new poses. I was taught the correct way to do crow pose. I had only done it once or twice before.
Then I tried side crow. Never have I dared to try this pose. I’ve only ever seen it in yoga magazines. You know what? I did it! It’s amazing what your body can do when you focus your mind and concentrate on the task.
Sometimes we all need to breathe and appreciate what our bodies do for us. Take time to better yourself, and you will in turn be a happier person.
what gets you motivated and pushes you when all you want to your desire to work out has slipped ? How do you regain focus?