Wednesday, August 20, 2008

0 Run 2, Week 1 (BBOHR): Motivation, Where Art Thou?! ;-)


Weather Conditions:
Temp: 69° FHumidity:61%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 9:23 pm
Distance: 0.38 miTime: 5:36 minAvg Pace: 14:36 min/miCalories Burned: 40
Start Time:
9:29 pm
Distance: 4.65 miTime: 47:00 minAvg Pace: 10:05 min/miCalories Burned: 484
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 10:16 pmDistance: 0.46 mi
Time: 7:01 min
Avg Pace: 15:11 min/miCalories Burned: 48

I was going to run before work today, but wasn't feeling all that hot this morning. I had a pounding headache & felt somewhat off-kilter. So I decided it'd be better to run after work, which is what I did. Well, I got home on the late side, & then within a few minutes, headed out the door for what I hoped would be a cool & fast evening run.

I was supposed to run 45 minutes today, but ended up doing 6 laps (4.44 mi) in 47:00, or a 10:35 min/mi pace. That's an improvement over my previous 45 minute run, in which I seem to recall covering less distance in the same approximate time period.

The run was fast but still comfortable, although my knees started to twinge a bit on the last lap. I didn't slow down much on the final lap but instead tried to stretch out my legs to make the run more comfortable & eke out more distance from my strides.

Tonight I was really striving to get as close as possible to a 10:00 min/mi pace. I was hell-bent on it, & wasn't going to let a slight twinge or a feeling of fatigue get in the way of getting to that goal.

Lately, I seem to fluctuate between two modes of being: the "relentless runner" & the "reluctant runner." And sometimes this happens within the same day or even within the same run! ;-)

Although I pushed myself out the door tonight, I did feel slightly reluctant earlier this morning. Sure, I wasn't feeling that hot, but I still felt like I could've probably run, but decided to wait it out for optimal running conditions.

Now once I get out there, I can be rather relentless, especially when I'm in pursuit of a goal. But also lately, I've been procrastinating a heck of a lot more. Or should I say, more than my usual degree of procrastination.;-)

Speaking of which: Yes, I know. I still haven't done my pushups. ;-) I'm not going to make any promises or talk about it. Either you'll see that post sometime tonight or perhaps this week, but I just don't want to write about my intentions & then not follow through. It makes me feel like crap. And who needs that?! ;-)

To be honest, I'm getting a bit bored with describing my runs, & am no doubt also getting bored with running around the same lake day in & day out during the week. For reasons of practicality (i.e., time constraints, gauging my pace, etc.), it's easier to run around the lake, but it's certainly not helping my motivation any.

Sure, I'm motivated to reach my pace goals & reach new & longer distances, but from a day-to-day perspective, I know I need to shake it up a bit, or I'm just not going to stay interested in the process.

I find that the big challenge right now is just pounding out the miles during the week. I'm so sick of the lake, & doing repetitive laps like a rat in a maze. And then after thinking about how much I'm not looking forward to running laps around the lake & fighting past the clogged masses of irritatingly inconsiderate people (it's the equivalent of running the human gauntlet!), I look at what's next on running program, & sometimes think, "Sigh, I just want to get to the point where running 4, 5, or 6 miles isn't going to feel like a total tedium!"

In direct contrast, my weekend runs at the other lake, (i.e., my favorite lake!), are much more interesting because I'm going in a straight line & get to see new things, people, & animals, etc. It's much more stimulating for the senses, & is also much more of a challenge in terms of hills!

So, I either need to get up & do my runs earlier (i.e., before 7-8 am), like I was before, so I avoid the annoying crowds, smoke, & other nuisances, or I need to get up even earlier & find someplace new to run, that's still going to be convenient & easy to pre-measure to keep track of distance & pace. I'd love to run at my favorite lake in the mornings during the week, but realistically, it's just not feasible. First of all, I'm trying to conserve gas & money spent on gas, & secondly, even if that first issue wasn't a factor, I'd most likely be in a crunch for time to get in & out of there, & do my runs in enough time, without feeling super-rushed in the mornings. And I absolutely hate feeling rushed.

This Saturday, I'm probably going to end up working in the afternoon, which means I've got to get up even earlier to do my 6-mi charity run on that day (for World Run Day), & still be able to get back in enough time to shower, change, & eat lunch before work. I was supposed to have this weekend off, but an opportunity to make some extra money came my way, & I decided to hop on it. It's still not set in stone that I'll be working on that day: Part of me is secretly hoping that it won't work out, so I can have a break over the weekend & not feel rushed to do the World Run Day charity run; and then the other part of me knows that it'd be a good idea to cash in on the opportunity. I'm supposed to find out tomorrow whether or not I will work on Saturday, so stay tuned. ;-)

OK, hope you have a good night.


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