This year I am trying to really keep track of how many miles I run. Last year my Garmin did a really good job of creating a record for my outdoor miles, but I was really bad about logging my treadmill miles.
One thing I started last year and have carried into this year is highlighting each day on my calendar that I work out:
This provides me with a quick visual on how many workouts I’m skipping. My running coach gives me one full rest day each week (usually Thurs or Fri), so if there is more than one white square in a week I know I’m slacking.
This year instead of just coloring in the square I also write down how many miles I ran on each running day. Then at the end of the month I can just quickly tally it up! This month my total running miles is 77.2.
In January I clearly slacked a lot. I only got all of my workouts in 1 of the 5 weeks. To be fair the week with three rest days in a row was due to my knee/sciatica. But I have no real excuses for all of the other white days.
I should have run many more miles this month, but I can’t go back in time now. The one good thing is that I never skipped a long run.
Working out most days helps me to feel better and healthier, but I don’t necessarily feel guilty if I skip a workout. I think this shows personal improvement for me because my disordered past includes an obsessiveness with working out. In the past if I missed a day I would have to compensate in some horrible way and that is no longer the case.
I know staying committed to my weekly training plan is important because it will help me achieve my running goals, and that is important to me. That’s why I should try harder to skip less workouts … not because of some crazy voice in my head.
Last night I skipped my workout because Adam took me out on a dinner date! We were celebrating because I got my yearly review and a really nice raise!
Now I can afford to buy Cecil a running stroller for cats and take him out for some fresh air! : )
I’m just kidding … sort of. I may or may not have looked into it.
Happy Super Bowl Weekend! Hawks or Broncos?
– Go Hawks! (Their defense gave me so many points in fantasy football this year)
How do you motivate yourself to workout on days when you just want to be lazy?