I don’t know if it is a character flaw or just some personality trait that I have, but I am one of those people who must be challenged to keep a consistent workout routine. Now, I don’t mean challenged in a “I double dog dare you” type of challenge. Even though, depending on the dare that may work for a while. I am talking about have some big, scary or impossible event on the calendar which can cause extreme bodily harm if you do not go work out.
Somehow my wife, Christine, can get up every morning well before sunrise and go workout for no other reason than to stay in shape. Wow. That sounds like such a simple concept. Now she has done many races over the years, but they were just for the thrill of it. She didn’t quit working out after the race was over. She just kept getting up early and doing the work. And that has continued through all of my years of binge and purge training and racing.
The ironic part about this is that when I do have a race, I can train through just about anything. Injured? No problem. Hurricane Katrina? No problem. Working 60 hours a week? No problem? Don’t have a race scheduled? Uhhhhh…. I think I have a hair appointment so I can’t run today.
Unfortunately right now, as many of you may have gathered from my recent posts, I have nothing on the race calendar. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. And that has been a major source of my workout floundering for a long time now. Now I wish I could be more like Christine and have the perseverance to just get the job done. But without a executioner’s ax hanging over my head, I tend to find easy excuses. I must be challenged.
For instance, this past weekend the weather was gorgeous. Probably some of the best running weather we have had this year in Louisiana. On Friday night, I got my running stuff out just in case I woke up at my usual pre-dawn time frame Saturday morning. On Saturday morning, I woke up. Then rolled over and went back to sleep. When I did get up, I started working on projects around the house instead of going running. Rinse and repeat for Sunday morning. Seriously? Two beautiful days to go run and I managed zero point zero miles.
The first step is to admit you have a problem. I have a problem.
The second step is to ignore it and find a race.
So I will work on that. But I am curious. I have a whole lot of friends that will sign up for a race before they even finish the one they are currently training for. And I have others that are in top physical shape and never toe the line at a race. So which are you?