Just Do It
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today was a bad day. I was feeling guilty about all the gummy bears I ate last night. I was tired. I didn't want to work out. I complained to my fiance about all the reasons I needed to work out, and all the reason I didn't want to. He told me to just go do it, but it didn't help because HE never works out, so why should he tell me to?
So I sit on the computer and do my computer stuff. I read my SP articles and come across "40 Things to Try When You Don't Want to Work Out." Hey, maybe that will help my motivation. So I read it and the first thing on the list is "Just do it." Fine. I know I need to do it, everyone is telling me to do it, I'll do it!
So I drag myself to the gym and get on the treadmill to start my last day of training before my 5k on Saturday. I started off slow, but during my second interval, my mind gave itself over to my body. "Fine, if you're just going to ignore me, do whatever you want. I don't care!" So, in minute 8 of my workout, I stopped looking at the clock. If I don't know how long I've been running, my mind can't tell me it's time to stop. I ran and ran until my body told me it was time to take a break. I had run for 11 minutes straight. I was running at a 10:54 pace. That is a mile. I had run a mile without walking.
I have never done that before.
I continued with my workout, although it definitely got harder after I stopped my 11 minute run. I have actually found that breaking to walk makes it a lot harder to maintain a run later. But I still ran at intervals I can be proud of and I completed a 30 minute work out. I feel FANTASTIC.
So just do it. My mind is my worst enemy when it comes to working out. But here's the thing: when you let go of whatever your mind is doing to hold you back, your body will show you the amazing things it can do. And your body can do amazing things! Don't believe me? A month ago I couldn't sustain a 2/3 walk/run interval. Two days ago, I could barely do 20 minutes of a 1/4 interval. Today, I let go of my mind's tiredness and fixation on time and I ran for 11 minutes straight.
What will you accomplish if you "just do it"?