Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

Hi everyone. I’ve fallen (off the bandwagon) and I can’t get back up. That means that I have not been running, have not been working out, and have lost the motivation to exercise!

Oof. How did this happen?

My hip injury has been keeping me off the running trails, and different priorities and areas of my life have shifted my focus off of working out. Initially, I wasn’t going to write today, since no working out = not much to write about, but I think it’s helpful to hear about the slumps as well as the peak performances.

I need to get back on track!

I think I will take a long extended break from running, until I get some strength training in first. All these years of running and repetitive motion with little strength building has caught up to me. So it’s time to make a change. And there’s nothing like announcing your goals and commitment to the world to hold yourself accountable ;)

GOAL: Build up strength to start running again without pain.

Method: Work out at the gym, doing strength training classes such as body pump and p90x.

Timing: I’ll work on this for 3 months, and aim to be running painfree by 12/18/17.

Obstacles: Laziness…, priorities on other projects/work taking up my limited time, energy, and willpower

Action Items:

  • Sign up for gym membership at the Embarcadero YMCA
  • Attend p90x class at work on Mondays
  • Swim 2x a week at the YMCA
  • Take Body Pump 1x a week at the YMCA

I need to come up with a workout schedule. But I need to sign up for the membership first :p

I’m listening to an audiobook called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, and a quote stuck with me: “Our struggles determine our successes.” It stuck with me because at one point, I loved the struggle of improving my running. I was so dedicated to my running, that I looked forward to the 5am runs. Why? Because nobody else was doing them. I hated them, sure, but I also loved the opportunity to work harder than the rest, and distinguish myself from the competition.

And I think often, our success truly is the result of loving the struggle and loving the challenge of getting there. I feel like I’ve let myself go soft and now retreat when faced with a challenge or difficult situation. There’s value to facing adversity and proving to yourself you’re stronger and smarter than that, that you want it more than anyone else and are willing to work harder to prove it.

Listening to this book, I’m reminded of some of the things that I would think about often back in 2014, but feel like faint memories and emotions now. I’m a much different person today, but I want to get back on track. Get some of my competitive edge again, and get back to work!

This week’s goal: sign up at the Y

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