Considering a new one

As I get my schedule worked out for traveling to visit family this fall, I’m considering what race I want to do next. I still want to do another 10K in cooler weather to see if maybe I can run a little faster when the heat isn’t killer. So I’m looking at this one. It’s not too far away, and at least part of it is on pretty trails. I’m somewhat interested in not running on asphalt.

My goal? A slightly better pace than last time, so I’d like to do it in 90 minutes or better.

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It never stops being hard

I was just reading the blog of someone who is making a valiant attempt to stick to the new resolution of eating right and exercising regularly. More power to her! And something she said triggered a thought.

Just so everyone knows, whether you’ve been doing it for years or just started, it never stops being hard.

Now let me qualify that statement: it does get easier. At times, much easier, and even enjoyable. But easy? Let’s be serious! When I wake up at 4:30 am on a Tuesday to get that exercise in before going in to work that day — it’s not easy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hesitated when the alarm clock went off, thinking, “I don’t want to face the cold” or ” I’d really rather just sleep.” When there is a legitimate snow day reason for me not to go into the gym, I rather enjoy it. Though I do try to exercise at home on some of those days. Even in summer, it’s not exactly a thrill to get up that early, just so I can exercise before work.

But will I do it? Yes. Because the goal is worth the work. And I have worked out that if I make myself sit up and just start putting on the exercise clothes, not even bothering with the light, and everything is prepped and ready for me to head out the door, all I have to do is pick it up, then I just do it.

Sometimes I think that motto is the most valuable thing Nike offers us.

I don’t think “Will I go to today?” I do sometimes think, “I don’t want to go today.” And the official day off is thoroughly enjoyed. But that’s okay — I’m still going to do it.

A great deal of this also applies to the food thing, but I’m still working on that one.

Out of the rut

Well, I seem to be pushing myself out of a rut a little bit now. I just signed up for a chiropractic visit to see if they can help me figure out what’s happening with some persistent back pain I’ve been having. Fortunately, I know a chiropractor through church, which makes me feel a bit more comfortable about the whole idea. And it’s interesting, but as much as I believe in the possibilities of alternative medicine, I’ve never actually tried any myself. And chiropracty (sp?) is not all that cutting-edge, but hey! baby steps count. Maybe next I’ll actually try some homeopathic remedies for my allergies and avoid allergy shots.

I’m still brooding over the team approach for exercise with the goal of weight loss at my club; it cost more than I realized. Maybe I could do it in January?

Unpleasant realization

Well, this morning I had the unpleasant task of facing the reality that I had gained weight; I thought I had, but this morning the scale confirmed it. It just happened this month, and I was really noticing the way my clothes were fitting.

This is actually a part of a slow, sad trend upward ever since I moved into this area. I’m not sure how to tackle the problem.

Yes, I know the simple answer: eat less, exercise more. What I mean is: how do I tackle it so that it works for me?

Premise: I try to eat in a certain way that emphasizes local, organic, minimally processed food. Not to be obsessed, because I do eat out, but that is my focus.

Premise: I need some kind of outside encouragement to keep me going, whether it be focused on the food side or exercise side. I function better that way.

So how do I do this?
I’m reluctant to use a weight loss program that forces me to focus overmuch on my food, such as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. I don’t know that I necessarily trust what they teach. I used WDW in the past, and it worked for me, but with the somewhat weird things that the leader of this program is now doing, I find it difficult to gain the encouragement I need from it. (I’m reluctant even to link to it because I find myself unwilling to recommend it, even though the essential truth of the weight loss information is still true.) Nonetheless, that may be my first focus attempt. I believe that I can use it. However, I’m going to talk to a friend who is also struggling with weight loss to see if we might want to find some way to be accountable just to eat other.

Exercise possibilities are more varied. Personal trainer would be good, as would the team program that my health club offers (considerably cheaper than the PT, too). Also, simply pushing myself more in that area has potential, as well as trying other options such as yoga classes, etc. I have to confess that this year I’ve been lazy about exercise, not in the sense of not doing it — I’ve been quite consistent in that — but in not pushing myself. I’ve been content with being in a rut. That’s not good.

Ok, two decisions: 1) I will look into local WDW classes and see if anything is happening close by that I could join. 2) I will pursue the possibility of the team approach at the health club and see if it might work for me.

I’ll try to go by there today (if I can fit it in!).