I haven’t ran a single mile in over a week and half. But, yet I am “training for a half marathon.” Feeling kinda guilty, I decided today was the day to get back with the program.
My excuse was the flu and cold weather. I let the flu run its course and then only did indoor workouts with this nappy weather, leaving running by the wayside. And I NEVER run on treadmill… can’t stand it. My number 1 rule to physical activity is don’t do something you hate. If you hate it, you won’t keep it up. Find activities you actually like.
Today was the day to get back on my training program. My training program consists of running 3 times per week. This week’s schedule is 2 days of 5 milers and 1 day of a 7 miler. THAT alone was frightening me. I feared the pavement this morning, thinking that there was no way I was going to be able to do 5 miles after not running for a week and half. Isn’t it funny how crazy our minds can blow things out of proportion? I mean, some people rarely run and can go for 10 miles. But, not this girl.
I needed to get my motivation up. I needed to start turning my fear around and think positively. I decided I would give my run 30 minutes. If I wanted to keep going after 30 minutes, I could. If I didn’t, no worries. And I got a kick-butt playlist. I am all about good music! And of course, “good” is subjective. You may or may not like my taste, but some of the songs that got me moving today are in the picture up top.
I left for my run and went 43 minutes. Look at me go! I did 4 miles.. and you know what? I feel great about it. The fear of starting up again is gone. This weekend I can tackle a longer run with no qualms and GREAT music. Whenever you fear the unknown or just need extra motivation, let the music move you. And turn any negative feelings around. Stay positive. It works!