Yesterday, Sunday, was a day that was quite busy for me. I washed the laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and completed other general household duties. A lovely visit with GYM was planned but I did not want to go. Not at all, and any excuse that came up would do for me. My legs were achy from Saturday’s workout and it was Sunday, the day of rest, right?
My Week 1 notes in my running journal.
Wrong. Even though the old me would have come up with plenty of reasons to not work out, the new me headed to the gym. I may have been dragging my butt a bit, but I made it. I completed the last workout of Week 1 and felt good once I was done. Real good actually.
I was watching an older man on the treadmill in front of me (remember, I run on the ones in the back row) and thought I want to run like him. He had to have at least 20 years on me, but looked healthy and fit. He was running timed sprints and then walking in between sprints. Sort of like I am doing, only his workout was on steroids compared to mine. But I will get there, step by step.
My running journal is completed for the week with notes, times, distance and thoughts. I wrote “missed workout due to poor planning” on Friday because I planned on going later, but later kept getting later and I ran out of Friday and never got to the gym. So from here on in I have planned when I am hitting the gym. Making a concrete schedule is something I plan on working on next week, but at least for now I decide if it will be morning, early or late afternoon, or evening. So far it’s getting done.
The Running Journal and Complete Book of Beginning Running.
The journal also has a section to record information about my running shoes (or in my instance “walking” running shoes) like when purchased, where purchased, how many miles logged on them and how they feel in general. I have yet to purchase my first official pair of running shoes, but that is a gift to myself by Christmas. There is also a part I can’t wait to write in. You can log your races to keep track with all the details surrounding each and every race. My goal is at least 5 races next year, but will begin mapping them out in the new year.
I keep the journal and my Beginning Running book out in plain sight to remind me of my promise to myself to get fitter, healthier, and feel better about myself. It is usually sitting on the coffee table, on the couch, or on some other seating surface. But when I move it I get a little subliminal message.
And a little boost when I feel like skipping a workout again…
Which I won’t do unless injured or deathly ill, I promise me!