Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    LDRICHEL   46,087
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
I'm Not A Superhero, You Know

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Monday, December 10, 2012

Here's a topic that we haven't covered in a little while. Seeing as I have had so many new SparkFriends jump on my blog bandwagon lately, I thought it important to repeat this message for them. For you longtimers...it's always a good reminder.

It would be great if I was some exercise superhero who always did everything perfectly and had an undying fire for training, which I could use to spread motivation to the masses. Perhaps some of you see me that way...who knows?

The truth is...and it's important for everyone to know...I'm just some girl in Indiana who decided to take control of her life and change things. Do you think I started this journey wanting to be a triathlete? HAHAHA! NO!

I started by running for 10 seconds. Doing C25K. Running a little more. Deciding to build in some consistency and make sure I do my runs 3 times a week. Then, signing up for races. When injury came (as it always will for any serious runner...another little lesson I learned), I watched a YouTube video on swimming. I don't know about you, but I'm not seeing a fitness titan anywhere in here yet.

Got in the pool, copied the YouTube video. Did it over and over and over and over and over and over again...the entire month of August. Got on my bike and shakily road 2 miles - first time in 20 years on a bike. Scary as hell. Too scared to turn...had to stop the bike, manually turn the entire thing, then keep pedaling on the straightaways. But....kept riding. Again and again. And, admittedly, not as much as I've run and swim. Still my weakest discipline. Work in progress.

When you see me post blogs about a breakthrough mile swim or finishing my first half marathon, those are huge victories for me. Yes...they deserve to be celebrated because I've worked hard to achieve those things. But...also keep in mind that I'm still very overweight. I still have quite a lot of work to do. I have built a LOT of endurance in the 7-8 months I've been seriously training, but I have so far to go.

None of us is perfect. But, when it comes to self-motivation...I can tell you with full honesty that I've got that one in the bag. And the key is this: just keep doing what you're doing. And don't stop. That's it.

Last night was an awful night, guys. My sleep was not good. Emotional upheaval all around me. I woke up later than I wanted to and I did NOT want to do anything. This is nothing new. This happened to me quite frequently in the spring and summer when I was scheduled for morning training runs. If you remember, I still did them. And, likewise, today...I got my butt out of bed and I went to the Y and got in that pool.

When I run, I can tell you now that even though I've finished a half marathon, I absolutely question everything I love about running EVERY SINGLE TIME I run...for the first two miles. It takes TWO MILES for me to even WANT to be running. You have to hang in there. You have to get past that first bit of pain.

With swimming, and particularly this morning, even though it is my sanctuary, my heaven on earth...I still sometimes just don't want to do it. This is where consistency in training is so key. On the days like today when my thoughts are dark and I'm not loving being in the pool...my body does what it knows to do...automatically. On these days, it takes at least 20 lengths of the pool for me to even have a small fraction of a desire to be in the water. TWENTY LENGTHS!

What I'm saying is...do what you have to do. Get through the crappy workouts, even if it feels like a waste of time. You'll always be glad you did. I promise.

And, in the end...the ultimate goal (whatever that may be for you....for me, it's certain special races that I can only dream of doing somdeday at this point) will make all of these mundane training days worth it.

People ask me how I stick to my training schedule. That's it. I plan things out ahead of time (at hours I know I'll be available to work out....almost always when my kids are still sleeping) and...I just do it. Again and again and again.

It's not always exciting. It's not glamorous. It's not even fun sometimes. Sometimes it sucks. And that's reality, folks.

You either want it or you don't.

SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SERASARA 1/9/2013 7:43PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRIAN36 1/7/2013 2:56PM

    Thank you for reminding me. My mantra for my first marathon was "it just doesn't matter". For every excuse I could come up with to get out a workout, my response was, "it just doesn't matter". If "X" miles to be ran was on the schedule, then it didn't matter what else was going on until those miles were done.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEENANATAF 12/26/2012 9:48AM

    Fantastic and inspiring. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLBELLA26 12/20/2012 7:25PM

    It's exactly as The Spark preaches: Consistency. It doesn't matter what else is going on, if you want to do it or not.... what matters is being consistent with your behavior in order to achieve your goals. Ultimately achieving your goals is going to make you happy... the only thing that breaking a streak gets you is regret and guilt.

Good for you for continuing to nurture yourself by sticking to your workouts. Can't wait to hear all about your first triathlon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SJKENT1 12/18/2012 6:58PM

    and diligence always wins.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUNKYSMOMMY 12/18/2012 12:12PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFRAYECHILDE 12/18/2012 8:36AM

    Well said. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LRSILVER 12/18/2012 8:35AM

    Thank you for the inspiration today. I need to plan to do more.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHIRE33 12/17/2012 8:15AM

    YES! This. I'm "resetting" (AGAIN!) and I love your reminder of the fact that I have to run at least a mile before I stop grousing and grumbling about how much I don't want to be running. Then I'm fine! I forgot about that.

So, climbing on the treadmill here in a bit. Thanks for the You-Tube swimming video idea. I will check that out. I was planning to call the Y to see if they have a rate for people who JUST want to swim. If it's too expensive, I can check out another pool place.

This summer my goal is a mini-triathlon. That's it. But for me, it's pretty big. Something to get my buns moving!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTDOINGIT101 12/16/2012 9:26PM

    thank you, I needed that reminder

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/16/2012 7:44PM

    You are SO right! I feel the same way when people ask me how I work out 6 days a week. Because I MAKE myself do it even though about 75% of the time I don't want to. Good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIN59VARA 12/16/2012 12:47PM

    I appreciate the blog. It is motivating!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 12/16/2012 8:43AM

    emoticon What a STAR you are. Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/15/2012 10:23PM

    What an awesome blog, thank you for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment
GBSLIM 12/15/2012 5:19PM

    Reading this blog was like a Good kick in the pants. Thanx :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 2:09PM

    Thank you for sharing your commitment!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OPTIMIST1948 12/15/2012 9:24AM

    Wonderful, remarkable, inspiring words.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDEMON 12/14/2012 5:57PM

  Hi Richel,

You are my hero....

Thanks for sharing. I loved reading your blog.

Keep smiling. Enjoy your Spark journey.

Greetings from Amsterdam

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIBANANA 12/14/2012 3:02PM

  OMG this is me! What a great blog. I hate to sweat. I hate to exercise. But, I find even the walking when I don't want to is better after I start. It's getting started that is difficult some days. We have to just do it....

Thanks! Good luck on your journey

Report Inappropriate Comment
FARFROMASAINT 12/14/2012 2:16PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FREE_TO_BE 12/14/2012 1:11PM

    I've been struggling to workout this week and it has come down to forcing myself to go. Your blog was a good reminder that I just need to stick with it although it is tough right now. Thanks for the reminder!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 12/14/2012 12:07PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DATMAMA4 12/13/2012 11:37PM

    I can completely relate to the two-miles-before-I-want-to-keep-goi
ng feeling. I had the same issue with riding my bike when I first started...the first 5-15 minutes were the hardest, with me wanting to just turn around, go home and try again the next day (or not). But once I realized I was fine if I kept going, I just...well, kept going. Now I've learned to take those first minutes slower, as a warm-up, and the urge to stop is not the overwhelming thing it used to be.

You may not be a superhero, but you really are an inspiration here on SP. Thank you for your blogs and for sharing your ups and downs.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THESLIMMERME1 12/13/2012 10:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
L1ZB3TH354 12/13/2012 8:51PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 12/13/2012 6:40PM

    Thank you for the wise words!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERICHO1991 12/13/2012 5:50PM

    Great discipline. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGYO 12/13/2012 4:52PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETTEB553 12/13/2012 3:58PM

    thanks thought provoking... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIFETIMER54 12/13/2012 12:07PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTINK 12/13/2012 11:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRAIRIECROCUS 12/13/2012 10:35AM

    Congratulations !
Well done !

Report Inappropriate Comment
INGMARIE 12/13/2012 9:57AM

    emoticon emoticon well done.
No super hero ,but still a hero. Very inspirational ,a good reminder to us all
what we HAVE to do to get where we want to be. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FANCYFREE15 12/13/2012 9:40AM

    Thank you for such a frank and honest blog! It's so true! We all need to be reminded that some days - it's just not fun! It doesn't make me a bad person or a weak ninny, it just is what it is!
I feel better already for not "wanting" to do what I need to do. Have a great day! emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/13/2012 9:41:34 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENOWOK 12/13/2012 8:58AM

    Maybe not a superhero, but you are a SP hero!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKNPROGRESS49 12/13/2012 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALLINMW 12/13/2012 8:39AM

  Stay on track!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIEDYED69PEACE 12/13/2012 8:36AM

    So true. It's good to know there's someone out there training for competition with such a positive attitude, yet sometimes negative feelings towards the work itself. I have been running for about two and a half months, doing the C25k with 5k fun runs and then races in mind. Then go bigger... However, 95% of the days I question why I am doing this, because really, I hate working out. I love running and hate running at the same time. On days I decide to crosstrain, when I remember I don't have to run at the gym that night, I get excited. I wondered if there was something wrong with me, or I just wasn't cut out for the job. I wondered if that feeling goes away, or if things get any easier. It is comforting to know that others go through this same doubt. Thanks for the pick me up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TINY67 12/13/2012 6:46AM

    That's the way to do it, great blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLFGOLF 12/13/2012 1:02AM

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
35ANGELS 12/13/2012 12:47AM

    What a great blog. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEHOPE1 12/12/2012 10:59PM

    Very inspiring, thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEARINGTHIN 12/12/2012 10:39PM

    Amazing hgow you put together all of these very small steps to result in some significant acievements. I know I'm inspired. Glenn

Report Inappropriate Comment
FATHINSN 12/12/2012 8:24PM

    When we never ever give up, even with all those obstacles and disappointments, that means we are SUPERHEROES!

And because you are from Indiana, I will call you Indiana Janes like Indiana Jones, hehe. Sorry, can't stop it to make this silly joke :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRATTECIELLA 12/12/2012 6:43PM

    This is incredibly inspiring. Thank you for sharing! (I can't run past 2 miles, so how do I get to that point of feeling good?)
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLETTEISGREAT 12/12/2012 4:11PM

    Brilliant words that we all need to hear once in a while. And remember to resurect this blog when you're feeling low and need to remind yourself how far you've come!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARIALEIGH 12/12/2012 3:58PM

  Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANJALI2010 12/12/2012 2:56PM

  Good post- just what I needed to read today. Felt lousy but still did my walk. I still feel lousy, but I'm proud of myself and feel good for having done it

Report Inappropriate Comment
CSAGIRL 12/12/2012 2:44PM

    This is so helpful to hear! Thank you! emoticon

What a great blog! emoticon

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSTALGEM85 12/12/2012 2:15PM

    Great blog girl it is so nice to have us all reminder we all started the same it took hard work to get to where we are

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (156 total):  1 2 3 Next > Last >>
 


Other Entries by LDRICHEL