How to Do It when You Just Don’t Feel Like It…
Get your minds out of the gutter people… I am talking about running here!
So many times we have plans in our day for a great run, then we finally get around to it, and it sucks. Or more likely, we suck. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped a run (or any workout) after 5 minutes, telling myself that I will “try again later”. Sometimes that later never happens… but I am getting better and better at actually following up on this “later” promise. But I have to fool myself. I have to some how change the workout that I had scheduled so I don’t feel as if I am setting myself up for failure again.
Today was one of those days. I had plans to running early this morning then go to a Fusion class (Fusion is the wonderful combo of cardio and strength). Well, I decided that I would run late in the afternoon in between some work presentations. I did go to the Fusion class though and it was WONDERFUL, as always! But the run on the other….
My plan was to run at 3pm. I laced up, headed out, and promptly turned for a total of a .5 mile run. Yay, go me. I just wasn’t feelin it. I instead devoured a bag of pretzels, and yet another apple and pear. Yumm. As I was sitting and digesting, I realized my body was seriously craving a run and I just had to find away to give it what it wanted. But I had to trick my mind, because everything in my head screamed no.
At 4:30pm, only 1.5 hrs after my failed attempt, I threw all my running gear into the car and headed to the gym It was time for a treadmill workout. On a treadmill, I can zone out on the t.v, set a pace, and stick with it. I told myself I could slow it down at any time, get off and go to the bathroom at any time, change it to an inclined speed walk if I want to… endless possibilities. So just get on the treadmill and go.
Here is what my workout looked like:
Total Time= 45min Total Miles= 6.3 Incline= 1%
15min @ 8.0 speed (7:30 pace)
For the next 30min, I increased the speed by 1.0 every 3 mins (to end up minutes 42-45 @ 9.0)
*I felt great and ended up running the last 5 mins at 9.5-10.5 speed
I love when we are able to surprise ourselves with a great workout!! I felt really good and so so proud of myself for sticking with it and doing SOMETHING when my mind and body were giving me different signals.
So often, just trying a different form of a workout is enough to get in the sweat we need.
Then again…sometimes, it really does just suck. And there ain’t a thing we can do about it, except to push through it or go home and eat (which is also a great option).
What do you guys do when a workout doesn’t go as planned?
Thoughts on treadmills….? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Do you put it at an incline?