Now I remember one of the reasons I started this blog – to have some accountability! This has not been a good week for my training. It started Tuesday with the wind advisory. I thought the weather would be better on Wednesday, so I put my run off for a day. And then I didn’t run Wednesday either – it was cold, I was at work late and we had plans to meet friends for dinner. Life just got in the way, and the run got pushed back another day.
I should have done 4.5 miles of speedwork tonight. It is freezing outside – literally! We’re supposed to get a “wintry mix” tonight 🙂 In Houston! A lot of people got off work early today in anticipation of the storm. But I told myself I would not use the weather as an excuse again, and I would do the speedwork on the treadmill. I really felt dedicated to my training plan, but I just couldn’t get into it today.
I did get myself changed and onto the treadmill this evening. I was struggling with the speedwork on the treadmill (I’m now convinced that our floor is sloped and I’m always running uphill on our treadmill). So I told myself I just had to run/walk 4 miles just as fast as I could at a comfortable pace. I had run about 1.6 miles (at about an 11 minute pace) when our doorbell rang. I paused the treadmill, and when I went to get back on it, I accidentally turned it off and lost my progress.
Or maybe my sub-conscious turned the treadmill off on purpose 😉 Either way, I decided I had enough. I’m running and training for fun – and tonight was not fun. Instead, I did Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zone DVD. And I cheated at that too. She does 7 circuits with 2 sets of each exercise. I only did one set of each circuit, but it was still a good 30 min workout (with warm-up and stretching).
But you know what? Something is better than nothing. I still got a good 45 min workout in this evening, which is not bad considering I had no motivation
tonight this week. And I do feel good about that. I’m ready to get back out there Saturday morning (when it’s warmer) and run 8 miles!
How do you get motivated when the weather is nasty out? Anyone out there who actually enjoys the treadmill??