Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dreaming of a Big Mac

What a long day it's been! I spent the entire day sitting in Court, taking notes. I will spend all of tomorrow drafting Court Orders for the Judge to sign from my note taking today. With a couple long days of sitting, I knew I needed to get a run in, even if I didn't know that I knew it. Follow that?

I honestly had every intention of going to the McDonald's drive-thru for dinner tonight. I knew exactly what I was going to order, too. I wanted a Big Mac with fries and a Coke. Nothing sounded better to me than that as I drove home from work today. It was just the comfort food I needed after a stressful day in Hearings, I thought to myself. Thankfully, I snapped out of my dream of fast food just in time to turn in to my driveway. Instead of a Big Mac with a side of fries, I had a salad at home with a side of a 1.43 mile run.

I have learned that I am kind of a wimp when it comes to running outside in cold weather. This is only my third or fourth time using my new garmin since my awesome husband surprised me with it for Christmas. However, I do plan on using it enough this spring, summer and fall that I will in no way be able to refer to it as my "new" garmin anymore.

As you can see it was 37 degrees for my run this evening. I was freezing and my lungs were burning. Like I said, I'm a wimp. The important thing is that I went out there and started; the amazing thing is that I finished! 

I absolutely love my garmin forerunner, one reason being you can choose the type of workout you want to run ahead of time. I planned to do 5 intervals of 2 minute runs with 2 minute breaks in between. I started with a 2 1/2 minute warm-up, too. This run was more tough mentally than it was physically. My head wasn't in it, but my legs didn't mind. 

Running is a complete mind game for me and tonight's game started before I even got out the door. However, the compromising with myself didn't begin until the third run in to my workout. Things definitely started to go down hill for me during my third run. I began telling myself that I could quit if only I finish this run. Then, I told myself I could quit after my next run. I kept telling myself this until I finished. You know you're a good liar when you fool even yourself in to finishing a run. Actually, I was being quite honest with myself. I truly intended to quit, but then when my garmin started to beep (it beeps 5 seconds before your next interval so you know when to start running again) I dug deep within and just started running again!

Do you ever make a compromise/bribe yourself to finish a workout? 

How do you keep yourself from quitting during a workout that seems impossible to finish?

1 comment:

  1. Awesome job resisting the fast-food!! That is amazing.
    And yes, especially when doing sprints or intervals I tell myself I can do 1 more than quit, I do my walk interval and start the next one and talk myself into ONE MORE!