Monday, June 29, 2009

Excuses, Excuses

I've always been really good at coming up with plans and terrible on the follow through. I can come up with a million reasons why I am not doing something that I should be doing. I may eventually do it. Or I may not. It sort of depends on how important it is.

Well I had a training week like that last week. The week started off hotter than heck. I kept telling myself I didn't want to work out in this heat. Which is a valid excuse except that I work out at the gym and some of my work out involves swimming in a pool. But that excuse lasted three days.

Then I got a head cold, nothing terrible, just annoying. I could have used the sneezing, congestion and cough as a totally valid excuse not to work out. But I felt guilty from missing three days so I actually worked out through the cold.

I got all of my bike and run work outs in and felt pretty good about them. I still have to walk during my runs but the running parts are longer and the walking parts are fewer. If I keep this up, I should be able to run two miles without stopping very soon (I can almost make it a mile now).

But the swim did not go well. In fact I only made one of the three scheduled work outs. For some reason, I figured that getting in a pool with a cold probably wasn't the best idea. Maybe it was, mabye it wasn't. Maybe I'm just lazy, who knows.

So I really need to get my act togther this week and get back on track. I don't want next Monday's post to be filled with anymore excuses.


Babe in Babeland said...

I totally hear where you're coming from. I often make excuses for myself when it comes down to working out. It's SO HARD to stay on track!

I'm rooting for you! Good luck.

Christy said...

I totally hear you - and I think you need to cut yourself some slack. Training is hard! You're going to do it, in the long run - we all need some time off now and then. Once you've got your health back, I'm sure you'll get back into the groove. Swimming with a cold is just plain gross. I've done it - trust me. Snot constantly floating out your nose - ewwwie.

And - CONGRATS! Running one mile without stopping is a real accomplishment, in my book! Two is like unbelievable! Three - well I think three would call for a celebration with cake. We'll get there - we both will! I mentioned you going it alone in my post today. I am so impressed that you are doing this by yourself - seriously, so impressed!!!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Yes - follow through is the hard part. But talking about it online gives you more incentive - you kind of feel like you HAVE to make an effort since people are watching you...