Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The art of procrastination

I'm a champion procrastinator when I really don't want to do something. Because, you know, putting stuff off is really helpful....you don't want to do it in the first place, so you give yourself even less time and more pressure to get it done. Smart.

As I mentioned a while back, I'm doing the Mothers Day Classic fun run. When I signed up, I had six or seven weeks to train for a 4km run. I thought: Pfft, easy! I'll only have to do a couple of runs a week. I'll start off with some intervals, then add in some steady-state runs, increasing the distance each week. I've got this.

Ahem. I have done a few interval sessions, but up until yesterday, the longest continual run I'd done was a whole 6 minutes. Wow, impressive. I'd much rather ride my bike.

I seriously think I have exercise ADD...I start off on a cardio machine and within three or four minutes I'm bored out of my brain and looking for something else to do. Also? I don't like running very much. Of course, when I do it regularly and get better at it, I like it a lot better - but when you've completely ignored running for the better part of a year two years three years, the love really isn't likely to be there.

I had pushed it to the back of my mind, vaguely thinking when I was reminded of the MDC "Oh, I'll be right...how hard can it be?" Then on Saturday, Bike Boy asked me "How's the running going?" and I was all "Oh yeah. That" and I realised that the run was only two weeks away - yikes!

So I set myself the task of running on Sunday morning for a solid twenty minutes. I had no idea how I'd go, but was pretty sure it wouldn't kill me. I'm pretty fit, after all, even if I'm not run-specifically fit...

I was not thrilled to wake up to find that the nagging back ache that's plagued me for a week or two had decided to up the intensity. I immediately started to use it as an excuse - " Ooh, I'd better do something else, I don't want to aggravate my cranky back". Then I gave myself a mental smack over the head and told myself to harden up. It had to be done, no excuses. I'm not wimping out on the MDC and I will. not. walk. it.

Not being completely stupid, I gave myself a good ten-minute warm up of walking, and then stopped and stretched my tight calves and hamstrings before starting my run. I switched on my transverse abs and made sure I had my pelvis set to neutral and got started, keeping the pace slo-o-ow. The first two minutes or so saw the usual battle with myself, swatting away thoughts like "This sucks!" and "I have to stop". Then at the four-minute mark, I hit the magic point where I found my rhythm, had my breathing under control and felt like I could keep going forever. Hurrah! I haven't felt THAT in a long while.

So I did my twenty minutes, upping the speed a teensy bit every five minutes and in the final five, pushing it up quite a bit. It was pretty slow (I was only going at about 7:00 pace at the end), but I got it done. And I didn't die.

I've already scheduled in two runs a week for the next two weeks and will add a little time and/or speed to each. I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it across that finish line after all.


Are you a procrastinator when it comes to fitness, or are you one of those "Plan it and then just get it done" kind of folks?

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