GTLPosted: October 7, 2010
Gym, tea, laundry, that is 😉 What a glamorous Thursday night, no?
I’m road tripping to Jacksonville this weekend, though, so I have to get all of the fun grown-up things done before I leave tomorrow night for two days of football and general debauchery! Work hard (first), play hard(er).
I’ve been guzzling iced black tea all day. If nothing else, I’ll be ultra hydrated for this evening’s run! I definitely am hoping to beat yesterday’s time…
It’s hard not to cringe when I see such high numbers, but I keep reminding myself that improvement is a process and that with consistent effort, my time will drop. It’s all about the commitment!
Commitment #1: JUST DOING IT! For the last hour of work, all I could think about was how badly my feet hurt and how comfortable my bed would be. However, I know that if I want to see any progress, I’m going to have to give 100% effort, which doesn’t come from cancelling runs that I’m perfectly capable of completing!
Commitment #2: Prep time. Nine times out of ten, I run immediately after work. I change clothes and hook up my iPod in the car, and as soon as I snag a parking space, I hit the ground running – literally. My impatience to get the run underway generally means I forget to stretch. My poor muscles aren’t warmed up – it’s no wonder they aren’t performing as optimally as I’d like! I definitely have to carve out a few minutes to do some basic stretches before I head out.
Commitment #3: Honesty. First off, in order to improve, I have to be honest with myself regarding my efforts. Am I giving 110%, working in a few sprints, maxing out my abilities for at least a percentage of the run, or am I doing the minimum just to complete? Am I pushing myself as much as I can, or am I jogging at a comfortable pace and calling it a day?
Secondly, I have to be honest here on the blog. My perfectionism and competitive nature makes it hard to admit my sub-par times, and I’ve been seriously tempted to shave minutes off for the sake of “saving face” in my posts. However, where I am is where I am, plain and simple. This blog is a place where I’m always going to write candidly, and I refuse to compromise that “realness” to portray myself as a more respectable runner. If I’m going to gain respect as an athlete, it’s going to be because I actually earn it.
It’s definitely time to go earn it! Yesterday I procrastinated a little while and got to the lake just as the gnats were coming out in droves. I’m pretty sure a few wound up in orifices I’d rather not think about…they’re not a vegetarian source of protein, after all 😉 See y’all tomorrow!