Walking the walk
Friday, October 02, 2020
For several months I let suggestions get under my skin as I tried to find my way back onto a healthy path.
"Just sign up for a race, it will motivate you."
It didn't, it did make me frustrated when the races would come up and I wasn't able to complete them in a timeframe that I knew I could or I stepped down to the shorter distance.
"Just get all the sweets out of the house."
I own a cookie business. Right now there is over 50KG of various types of chocolate in my supply cabinet soooooo I don't think just getting rid of it was really an option.
"Don't eat carbs."
That's it, you and I can't be friends anymore.
"I gave up caffeine, you should do that."
La la la la...I can't hear you.
Then my son kept repeating a phrase one day as we hiked and it really hit home.
"You do you."
My eating habits, my workout habits, my lifestyle belong to me. Only I can know what the best changes to make are.
I restarted with a low goal. Walk, hike or run an average of 2KM a day for one week. I slowly increased it as my mind and body were in consensus that I could increase. Often the body was willing but the mind was whiny. As I increased my workouts my eating habits gravitated to being much healthier and in control.
Last week I let my family know that when real races were back I wanted to do my first half marathon. I decided that I didn't have to commit to running the entire distance but I have a time that I want to finish under and focused on that. A few days went by with me still spouting off about wanting to do that until I realized if I didn't move up what I was doing now I would never be ready. I'm averaging just under 40K a week now so I know I can do 20K sessions.
Today I got out, no running, no advanced trails. Just the easier trail that I like to use to clear my head. I walked until my ear buds stopped working and ended at 15KM. My average pace was just under 12 mins/km which I was fine with, I wasn't concerning myself with time since I had a back spasm yesterday and didn't want to anger it.
I feel great. I'm looking forward to alternating short and long runs/walks to increase my speed. I would have happily done 20K today if I had my music but I knew when it stopped my attitude changed and I should end on a positive note and celebrate success.
Lots of people want to share their successes and I love that! There are so many people on SP that are inspiring but at the end of the day it's up to each of us to try out different routines to find the one that we can live with long term and helps build our healthy lifestyles.
You do you.