Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NO EXCUSES!

I'm tired of making excuses. I stayed up too late to get up early to run...it's too darn hot...it's raining...I have to work all day...blah, blah, blah. Enough. 

I'm sure we are all guilty at one point or another in making excuses to not run or do the laundry or whatever. Maybe part of the problem is laziness or procrastination or just lack of scheduling. I know my list of excuses come from those three. Sure I have a lot on my plate with the kids and work and home repairs, but honestly, our day to day activities do not have us running around all day. There is plenty of time to fit it all in if I was just smarter with my scheduling to make everything I deem a priority get done. 

I was making excuses up until yesterday. I haven't run in awhile. Yes, still planning on that marathon in October. I had a bit of a ache in my heel that has now recovered, so dropping back on the mileage is a valid excuse reason to run less. I was all ready to start back up yesterday. I woke up at 6 to run and it was pouring. I do like running in the rain and  the cooler temperature would have been a nice change to the stifling heat and humidity, but I didn't go. My excuse? It was a rest day on my training schedule. In my mind it made sense to wait one more day and follow my plan. 

Today I started fresh. I set my alarm for 5:45 and woke up 30 minutes before it went off and snoozed until it actually sounded. I did my morning routine and was ready to go by 6:15. It was really foggy so I stuck to the sidewalks mostly on the north end of the city as most of the traffic is here on the south side with all the Bath Iron Works employees heading in for the 7 am shift. I didn't really have a route in mind and turned around when I got to the middle school and the sidewalk ended. I took a different road back that I had never gone down before (running or driving), even though it is one of the major streets. That was one of the nice parts about the run. I won't say it was easy. The 98% humidity and high dew point made breathing difficult. When I got back to my street I was not even to 3 miles yet and seriously considered stopping then. My plan was for 4 miles. The 'me' of yesterday would have been fine with that and reasoned that I hadn't run in a while and need to ease into training again. Sure, in some instances this is a smart thing. But the 'me' of today pushed those thoughts aside and just kept running. Again I miscalcuated when I turned around to finish up and was about a quarter mile short. Again I could have stopped, but I kept running and did another loop and even tacked on .1 miles before walking to cool down before getting back to my house.


Sweaty mess surrounded by fog.
Five miles are on the schedule for tomorrow and you can bet I'll be out there bright and early putting in the work. I'm ready. No excuses.

9 comments:

  1. Good for you! There are have been a lot of valid weather excuses not to run here this summer- it seems like it is either pouring or a million degrees!

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  2. Great job! I find myself making excuses also. Its a bad habit I am trying to break. NO EXCUSES, I'm there with ya!

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  3. Good for you! It's so easy to make excuses especially in the hot weather! I've been forcing myself to run on the treadmill if it's too hot outside, which usually leads to me toughing it out in the heat anyways because I hate the treadmill! NO EXCUSES!

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  4. Way to go Carrie :-)Get after and get back to it!!!

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  5. No excuses! Go Carrie, Go. :)

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  6. Way to get back at it! I have 5 on the schedule tomorrow too! We can do it! Can't wait for MDI!

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    1. Thanks Kristal! I'm so happy you are doing MDI!

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  7. The Nike logo really works for me: Just Do It! How's that Garmin - I was thinking of getting that. Do you like it?

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    1. I love it! It is easy to use and it gives me all the info I need. Plus it comes in pretty colors and the cost is relatively low.

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