Listen. Linda. Sometimes I don’t want to run, OK? Continue reading Youtube Exercises to Save You From Sloth
I’ve said it before that something that motivates me to run and work out is a regimented schedule. For running I tend to use Hal Higdon’s programs, and for lifting I’m a fan of Strong Lifts. Once I’ve followed the program for about a week, I start to feel great about sticking to it, and don’t want to break the streak. Obviously this is a simple concept, but a powerful one. Jerry Seinfeld popularized it by describing it as “not breaking the chain”:
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.
Funnily enough, he was talking about writing, which is another aspect of my life that calls for growth and motivation. But let’s stick to fitness, shall we?
Earlier this year, I was doing a really good job at sticking to the StrongLifts program. I was regularly going into the gym and following the plan to a tee. Even when I really didn’t want to work out on a certain day, I really really didn’t want to break the streak. So I toughened up and did it.
But then as always, life gets in the way. I got a new job, went to Atlanta for a month, and completely fell out of habit of working out (and fitness in general). The streak was broken, and I then discovered the downside to this practice: while a chain/streak/schedule is a great way to keep you going, it’s not at all going to help you start. In fact, it can even hurt. I remembered how much effort it took to go to the gym regularly, and thought “Well, I can wait another week before I start. It’ll help me to settle into my job first.” Excuses like that and many more kept me from getting back on track (really, it was just me trying to justify being lazy).
So I’m trying something new. And it doesn’t involve throwing schedules out entirely. I still love the structure and guidance, and I’ll probably still use both of the programs I like. But I won’t treat a streak like gospel. If it breaks, it breaks. And when it does, I won’t think of going back to the gym as a whole new ordeal I’m getting myself into. It’s just…going to the gym. Once. If I go back (I probably will, once I get started), great. If not, no big deal.
So here’s to trying to actually enjoy fitness in and of itself, and not just being beholden to calendar.
“&Run” by Sir Sly (Don’t You Worry, Honey, 2017) Continue reading “&Run” by Sir Sly
Okay, let’s set aside personal goals about body, or even distance/pace PRs. This post here is about earning HARDWARE. Here are three events I would love to try and tackle in my life. Continue reading My 3 Stretch Goals as a Runner
We mentioned in our race recap last week that I’ve been struggling with shin splints. Now, you probably know what shin splints feel like, but I feel like there are definitely different levels of splints you can get and I HAD NO IDEA HOW TRULY BAD THEY COULD GET. Continue reading Compression Sleeves to the Rescue
“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III, 1970) Continue reading “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00am, ~38 and rainy, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
This race snuck up on us. Suddenly October was almost halfway over and we needed to choose a race to squeeze in so we didn’t break our streak (4 years is coming up!). We settled on the Run for Justice because of the location (though the cause is great too!); how could we pass up the change of scenery?! Continue reading 16th Annual Halloween Run for Justice