The other day I walked (ran – ha) you through my gear list for running.
BUT, I left out the two biggest must-haves:
Duh, right? Kinda hard to run without either of these. Here’s the deal, though. It isn’t always as easy as just waking up in the morning and being ready to GO the moment your feet hit the ground.
Yes, yes, NIKE. I do realize what I should JUST be doing.
The fact is, I’ve been struggling pretty hard with motivation this week.
We both know I’m a recovering procrastinator, too. I might have mentioned it a time or ten, and it may or may not be part of my actual blog name. I don’t know, I can’t be sure.
What I do know is that motivation is something else entirely. The irony is not lost on me that while I am sitting here with an able, healthy body complaining my way out of doing my runs, I have plenty of friends who only wish they could toss their injuries and ailments aside and get out for some pavement-pounding.
And those friends have every right to call a WTF? on me.
I want to be the motivated runner who can get up every morning at 5am and push through regardless of how little sleep they had the night before. Or that they have outside forces like stress, deadlines, naps, etc. that try to wedge themselves in between them and their goal.
But I am not that runner.
I am the runner who struggles.
every. single. day. When I go to bed at night, I am the most ideal of idealists. Tomorrow is going to be THE DAY that I start over. That I become that runner. That I eat better. Drink more water. Stretch. Cross EVERYTHING off my to-do list.
But we both know what happens in the morning.
The good news is that while my mind often plays tricks on me, thwarting my best laid plans with demotivating speeches and procrastinations, I also still have some say in the matter.
I am still running this ship, and I’m putting it back on course.
Wow, um. This wasn’t really the funny post that it started out to be in my head. Speaking of turning the ship around, let’s go ahead and end this on a fun note, shall we?
The BODY part of the gear must-haves deserves a little shout-out too. It’s no secret that I’m a speed-challenged runner and that ending a run on the vertical is what I call a “win” but I have learned a few tricks along the way to make my runs physically more bearable.
Like this one:
I tried Cross Country (XC) in high school. My brother was the XC Captain and an awesome runner, so I figured it must run in the genes (ha ha, not true). Regardless, I did it anyway. My XC career is mostly a blur and not because I was lightening fast, but I do remember a valuable tip that the coach taught us:
When you’re running, especially long distances, it’s only natural to get fatigued. And when you get fatigued, you start to change your body position – scrunching up your shoulders, hunching your back – making yourself more and more tired.
What can you do? Well, here’s what I do (thanks, Coach Sheedy!):
Pretend you are holding a potato chip in each hand. Now, hold each chip so gingerly between your thumbs and forefingers, making sure not to break the chip.
See? When you do this, you can’t clench your fists, which makes it harder to scrunch your shoulders, which keeps your back in a more natural, straightened position, and so on. You’re welcome.
On today’s to-do list? Give myself an air high-five. Why? Because we all deserve one, no matter what.
What’s your favorite type of potato chip? I’d love to hear from you!