Just about a month ago I decided that I would recapture my love for running and sign up for my next race after the infamous Peachtree Road Race, and register for Black Girls Run/ Drive to End Hunger here in Atlanta on September 17th. (Click here to register.)
For about four weeks I was going strong.
Running. Lifting weights. Getting advice from veteran runners about how to decrease my time. Envisioning what my super cute outfit would look like on race day (excuse my vanity, please).
However this week has been a COMPLETE wash. No, really a wash. I went on a workcation (cross between a vacation and business trip) at Disneyland and well…the rest is history. Let me give you the classic, “what had happened was” excuses:
1. It was too hot.
2. Mickey Mouse keeps attacking me in the lobby of my hotel.
3. My feet hurt.
4. I didn’t want to get sweaty.
5. Everytime I went to lace up my running shoes, the kids hid them.
I tried to be “good” and workout but I only got in a measly 1 day of weight training. Every morning I decided it was going to be time for me go out and get a run I conveniently rolled back over and went to sleep.
Yes, I already know these excuses are a bunch of crap. I recognize, realize and have come to “grips” with that. However, I wanted to show all of my runners that you can have a crappy week but what matters is that you get your butt up and try again. Yes, that means YOU.
I dedicated myself to running this race in 1:15 (max) and gosh darnit, I’m going to JUST DO IT. So here’s what you (and me) can do to keep ourselves accountable when all you want to do is lay on the couch and dream of yourself running:
1. Get an accountability partner STAT. Ever since joining the Black Girls Run! Atlanta’s page I have a lot of accountability partners who will let me carpool if necessary, will call me to make sure I’m up and do whatever else to keep me healthy.
2. Make a plan that gets you on the pavement at least 3 times a week. In order to get used to a 5k or even 10k it’s important to run–frequently. So pick three days where you can run, walk or crawl on the pavement. You will thank me race day.
3. Just do it. That’s right lace up your running shoes and put on foot in front of another and get out the door.
I’m back from vacation so watch out for me on the streets of ATL running to end hunger!