Today was the final make up day - a ten mile run plus two P90X workouts. With these behind me, I will be back on track. Before hitting the street, I was already sore. It wasn’t just the thought of a run and two workouts ahead of me, I was actually sore from the P90X workout, Core Synergistic, which kicked my butt yesterday. It fact, that was the most sore part of my body. Running sore is no treat. Any soreness below the waist is only made worse by the run. Of course, knowing and hoping are not the same thing. I figured if I could last long enough, endorphins should kick in and wash away the pain. Well, that was the plan at least. The best laid plans…never work.
Around mile three I was finally distracted from soreness by a podcast. Distraction from soreness is not the same from having no soreness. Did I make the right choice to get out there? My pace was not below ten minutes, and the run was a struggle. I don’t want to over train. At the same time, I don’t want to give myself an excuse not to run. Anyone who has “tried” to run, does not need more excuses to not run. One of my biggest fears is not that I will hurt myself, it is that I will quit. If I quit, I’ll fall back into my old habits. The weight and the gut will return with a vengeance and take no prisoners. At the end of the day, quitting is a choice. It is a choice that can spiral out of control. It starts as, “maybe I’ll skip this run,” or “I’ve had a long day, I’ll do it tomorrow.” If you say it too many times the next thought is, “can I still run?”
To get me through it, I stick to the plan. It is twelve weeks long, and it must be followed. Going on a business trip? Make it work. If you don’t allow yourself the option to give excuses, you won’t have any.
What keeps you going?
Next Run: 6 Miles (Tuesday)
Next Workout: P90X (Disc 04) (Wednesday)
Next Race: Burlington Race for the Hungry 5K