Category: Running Mouths

Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Light at the End of the Tunnel

When I began this couch to 5k journey, there was an unspoken history of past attempts to get in better shape, lose weight, and lead a healthier lifestyle. Unspoken because obviously those attempts resulted in failure, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am now.

But is it really failure?

Yes and no. In the sense that those attempts did not result in the ultimate goal, yes it was a failure. However, there were many lessons learned during those times and that has contributed to my shift in mindset that has me in a better place now.

A Long Road

As the picture above represents, the journey to where I am going is definitely a long road with plenty of detours and alternate paths along the way.

Putting myself into that picture, over the last week I have found that I stopped along that long road and was distracted by the happenings taking place down one of the many corridors leading away from my end goal.

There have been changes at work, helping family clean up after flooding, and of course the events surrounding the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

Keep Your Eye On The Prize

There is no question that all of these things are mere excuses for the fact that I only exercised once this past week. However, there is one key difference between now and all of those other attempts to improve my lifestyle; those attempts that resulted in failure.

I’ve accepted that I don’t have to be perfect.

It sounds silly, but in the past when I would find myself straying from the path I had defined, I would mentally view that as a complete failure and throw up my arms in defeat. I would revert to all of my old habits – lounging on the couch, eating far too many snacks, and generally not doing much of anything.

At least I gave it a try“, I would think.

Now, I have accepted that this long road I am traveling is going to have detours and there will be times that I don’t stick to the plan.

There will be times where I don’t exercise according to schedule.

There will be times where I eat things I shouldn’t eat.

And it is okay!

The important thing is to minimize these times, refocus myself, and keep my eye on the prize. It isn’t a failure. It is life. It is an opportunity to recognize the triggers that lead to these changes in the plan and learn how to adjust. It is a time to celebrate progress rather than dwell on setbacks.

Speaking of progress, despite the above mentioned stop on my journey, I still managed to lose one pound this past week and am progressing towards my first milestone!

There is light at the end of the tunnel!

What Have I Done?

The morning of March 30, 2013 will now and forever be known as the day that I signed up for my very first 5k run.

Zoinks!

That might not seem like such a big deal, but once you’ve read our story you will understand that this is quite a step for me personally.

No more excuses

Blindly throwing oneself to the wolves might not be an approach that works for everyone – heck, it might not even be an approach that works for me – but the time has come to eliminate the excuses and get my ass in gear.

And what better way to do that than the impending doom of race day?!?

Having a date circled on the calendar, one where I have already made a financial commitment to race, will either serve as the motivation I need or will lead me to curl up in the fetal position and whimper for days on end.

You know what’s really scary? I hate running!

No, seriously.

I despise it.

Walking is tolerable, but running is just pure evil. I’ve never enjoyed it, and I am convinced that I never will. However, I am willing to give it a try and see if it will ever come close to becoming the passion that it has for my wife (if you’re the betting type, me curling up in the fetal position and whimpering is laying 2:1 odds).

Extra cheese

Speaking of my wife, her birthday is coming up in about two weeks and one of the things that she asked for as a gift was to be registered for the 5k race that I mentioned earlier.

After scratching my head in bewilderment as to why anyone in their right mind would want to get something like that as a birthday gift, I knew it was something that she wanted to do and therefore, against everything I believe to be right, I registered her for the race as one of her birthday gifts.

Then it hit me…

I had an opportunity to not only get her what she asked for, but also to do something that she is always asking me to do – get out there and run (or walk) with her!

Super cheesy? You betcha!

But I know that she will love it, or at least she better because I hate running!

By the way, I haven’t mentioned this site to her yet – and won’t until her birthday since I just shared one of her gifts – but hopefully both of us will look back at this first post as the beginning of a husband and wife that enjoy running together…running spouses!