I mentioned yesterday that I haven’t been very consistent in my training. I’ve mentioned my lagging motivation a few times over the past few months and it’s something I haven’t quite conquered yet. I think I’m finally starting to understand a little more of what’s going on with me.
Let’s rewind to when this all started.
It started after the 50K and marathon earlier this year. This is normal for me after a big race – all that focus and determination for months and months of training is gone. I don’t mind a little down time after big races, but this time it went on for longer than normal. As I mentioned before, I’m a goal-oriented person, so I reviewed my race plan for the year and tried to get myself psyched up .
Then I started interviewing for a new job. One that I knew would include a move across the country and away from many of my planned races. I started cutting more workouts short, questioning my plan, skipping workouts when things got crazy. It’s really over the past few weeks that I associated the new job with my slacker attitude, but when I am looking back, it makes sense. I don’t know what races I’m going to be doing until the Fall, so it’s hard for my goal-oriented brain to suck it up and train anyway!
Need to do more of this!
The problem is, I’m not moving enough to balance the food I enjoy eating. My clothes are starting to fit a little tighter in the wrong places and even that doesn’t seem enough to shock me into motion. So what’s a girl to do?!
I need some accountability other than a race schedule.
My external motivation of signing up for races isn’t very easy right now. I hope that one or two will pop up at the right time when I’m in Atlanta or Colorado over the next few months, but it’s just hard to plan. I know that most (except for those amazing few) athletes go through times like this when life asks a little more of us than we plan, making our daily workouts seem difficult, if not downright impossible in our minds….in our minds. I thought that was worth repeating, so that I could help convince myself that sometimes it is nothing more than the space between our heads that stops us from getting out and doing what we love. Knowing that my own brain my be my own worst enemy at a time like this, I had to ask “So where else can I find accountability?”
- I convinced Kirk (my hubby) to coach me for a few months. I think the extra “push” of having someone plan my workouts might help. I’ve asked him to bug me about it too – I want to stick to a schedule if he’s taking the time to plan it!
- Can YOU help me? I’m going to start sharing my planned training this week and I would love any accountability from you too. If you see that I’m slacking, skipping lots of workouts, not posting my workouts – call me out!! If you need some accountability in return, just let me know and I’ll be happy to return the favor!
Any other suggestions?
If left to my own devices, I honestly would sit around and be lazy. What other tips would you recommend to help me overcome my slacker tendencies?
Questions for you:
- Tips or suggestions you want to share?