Every year I plan on jump-starting my exercise habit. Every year I fall short. I would love to be one of those people that loves to exercise, but I don’t know how to get there. I have a treadmill at home, but when I use it, I feel guilty for not taking the dogs for a walk.
So – you say I should take the dogs for a walk. But it’s so cold outside in the morning. (I can’t do nights – I get home too late)
As I write this, it just sounds like a bunch of lame excuses and that’s exactly what it is. Excuses. I need to make myself a priority and get off my ass and just do it. Isn’t that what Nike markets?! Just do it. It sounds simple, but I always make it harder somehow.
Last year – my work did a great thing and offered us all an incentive to earn up to $1800 in our HSA accounts if we participated in organized events (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon). I ended up doing 18 5K’s last year in about a 4 month period (pictures). It was tough only in the sense of finding that quantity of events and getting to them. I didn’t run any of them, I only walked, but at least I did them.
This year – so far – I’ve done 2 half marathons. That’s 13.1 miles!! Ugh. Up to mile 6, I’m doing fine. At around mile 7, I start to feel like I’m dying and wondering why I’m doing this. Lisa just keeps talking to me the entire time, just a method of distraction to keep me from thinking of what is going on. Lisa is my cheerleader. “Come on… You can do it”… (She’s so damn perky during these events – ugh!!)
Next year – I’d like to work up to running at least part of the half marathon. I hesitate to say running the whole thing, although that would be amazing. Maybe by putting it out there on the Internet – someone can help keep me accountable?
I always prided myself on being in shape in my earlier years. I don’t want to be one of those people that just let themselves go…