Running and Truth Etiquette...What's OK?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today was another beautiful day in East TN. It was a bit warmer than Monday but still cooler than 90 degrees so I decided to take another lunch time run. I really enjoy getting my exercise done at this time. Not too early and not overly tired from a hard day. Thankful that I work in an office that I can run and then come back and eat at my desk.

Today I ran with a friend. I usually do this with her. Well, today when we got to the 2 mile mark she was fizzling out due to having ran yesterday. She said that she was ready to head back to the office. I really wanted to get in 3 miles so I felt a bit stuck. In an instant I decided that I would go ahead and keep running and meet her back at the office. She was ok with it. But as soon as I made the decision I felt a bit guilty. I mean we had come out together and maybe I should have just went back with her. But that got me thinking as well. Sometimes, you just got to stand alone to get your goals met. It is nice to have someone there with you to pass the time but I have come to realize as well that when others quit, you have decide that you want to keep going.

Once you meet goal and really along the way as you are losing weight people always want to know what you are doing. Sometimes, they will tell me their goals and want me to help them along the way. It usually turns weird. And by weird I mean that I am Gung-ho and they fizzle. They no longer want your help but dont really know how to tell you. Or the worse is when people aren't honest anymore. They will say that they are holding steady when really they are obviously gaining. Anyone else struggle with this? Sometimes I just don't know how to communicate with the ones I love that are in bad need of a health overhaul.

Tomorrow is another "Sink or Swim" day...Meaning it is the final (and only 3rd) training swim before my triathlon! I have discovered that I am definitely a plan kinda gal. This time I did not have a training book like I did for my marathon. If I do this again, I will definitely get me a book!

Hope your Journey is blessed!
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    Good for you for NOT turning around and going back with her!! You are responsible for your own health!! emoticon

    That said, I totally understand where you are coming from. People ask you to help so you do but then as you said they fizzle out and you don't know if you even want to get in their face like Jillian Michaels (and did they ask you to? Or not? You can't remember.)

    Best of luck to you with the Tri. I did one two years ago and I trained with a group and a plan. I would train on my own now but to do it for the first time... GO YOU!!!

    2009 days ago
    Like you said "sometimes you just got to stand alone." You are not responsible for their program, but at the same time they are not responsible for your's. If they fizzle you need to be strong enough to go alone. The guilt comes from your connection with your partner, I'm sure she felt guilty too. But in the end she is not looking out for your body you are, as it should be. Let her decide whether or not she really wants to do this, but you can keep going.
    2009 days ago
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