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Why do I want to run?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am having a terrible time motivating myself to go for a walk/run. (It's mostly walking, interspersed with running. At some point, my body will be able to handle running.) Now that I'm able to ride more, my motivation to walk or run at lunch has plummeted.

I know the walk/run benefits myoverall health. It's a weight-bearing exercise (and boy howdy, is there a lot of weight to bear!) which will help keep my bones healthy. Running burns calories faster than cycling. Getting outside at lunch always refreshes me. I've never regreted getting outside at lunch.

The only downside is that I have to be in court at 1:30 on the other side of the river. I have to leave work by 1:00 to be there early enough to have my files prepped & ready to go. (No one likes an unprepared lawyer.) So it's a bit of a scramble, but I can do it.

I think I've talked myself back into the walk/run at lunch. But it still puzzles me how little motivation I have. I view running as the way to keep from getting really fat during the winter (oh, to be a brown bear and hibernate!). There was a time I actually enjoyed running. I imagine that once I get down to around 170 pounds, running will be both easier and more enjoyable. Clearly, I need to find some motivation to keep me moving toward running. (Just so long as it doesn't take much time away from cycling!)

There's a part of me that wants to get into good enough condition to do a mini-triathlon. The down side is that I enjoy swimming even less than I enjoy running, and the swim is the portion of the tri that's hardest for most people. I live along a river, so I have ready access to "live" water. (As a lot of newbies triathletes discover, there's a huge difference between swimming in a pool and swimming in a natural body of water.) The Hub has even agreed to walk along the river while I'm swimming to serve as my "sag wagon" (if there is such a thing for swimming).

Hmmm - I will be 50 in 2 1/2 years. Maybe that would be a great way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of my birth - doing a mini-triathlon.

I think I just found my motivation. emoticon
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