Thursday, July 19, 2007

A week without running

For the first time since I started aggressively working on my fitness this year, I've gone a week without running.

I'd like to say this is part of my big plan, and that I am saving up my energy or recovering from an injury. The fact is that I've been busy, and it hasn't been enough of a priority to push other things out of the way.

So I thought I'd write about it as a way of trying to understand why this is. Why was it that during my Couch-to-5K program, I made time 3x a week no matter what, but right now I've managed to not find time for seven consecutive days?

I think I can break it down into several factors:
  1. Running outdoors has spoiled me; I look at the treadmill and think boredom (but don't necessarily have time to do other than the treadmill)
  2. I'm doing well, fitness-wise, and am making progress without the exercise
  3. I'm not tracking towards a planned objective
So, assuming that I want to be a better runner (and I am pretty sure I still do), what can I do to address those three points?
  1. Find time to run outside, even if it's just around my neighborhood. Accept that some workouts are just to maintain running fitness, not for fun, and sometimes the treadmill accomplishes that just fine.
  2. Remember that I've never been successful at keeping weight off without maintaining exercise.
  3. Plan an objective and track to it (pick a race, pick a training program to reach that race).
On the third point, many training programs are 9-12 weeks. So if I were to find a race in 2-3 months, I'd be able to track towards it. I've been talking about a fall race for a while, so maybe it's time to pick one and sign up. That should give me a motivation boost, no?

At the same time, I also want to open myself up to other options for point number two. If I'm just slumping on my running, I may need to pick up the slack elsewhere.


Doctor Rick said...

Hello to a fellow runner. It takes some discipline to get in the miles, doesn't it?

Dave said...

That's a good point - discipline. It's easy to think of discipline in terms of denial of things you want (can't eat XYZ, don't drink too much) but more challenging to think about discipline in terms of doing things you might not want to do (training).