10 Miles Without Chocolate
My motivation to run starts when I realize I have slept too late to go before work. I convince myself that my run will be that much better after work so it is a good thing I slept in…lie #1. Then I start telling people at work that I am busy as soon as I am done because I am going for a 10 mile run. People gawk at how impressive that is to go for a long run like that after a long day and I laugh them off like it’s nothing…lie #2.
After lunch, I go into a small food coma, crave a little chocolate then get more excited to run off my meal after work…lie #3 because I really just wanted a piece of chocolate but didn’t feel like getting up to go get one. Then I notice about an hour before I am out for the day that it has started raining. I wail about how upset I am that it has started raining because that obviously means I can no longer run outside…lie #4.
Then my friends tell me that it is just a drizzle and I have no excuses but to get out there and run and I answer that I heard there might be thunderstorms and I don’t want to be stuck out in Central Park alone…semi true but also pretty dramatic to say when people outside aren’t even using umbrellas. Then I leave work and walk past my usual temptations: PinkBerry, a deli with AMAZING cookies and CVS where I KNOW there must still be 1/2 off Easter Candy and I get onto the subway still unsure if this run is happening.
On my walk up to my apartment I am having a fight with myself in my brain about whether it makes more sense to have a rest day today and get some emails done (knowing full well that means making a big dinner and sitting in front of the TV to catch up on my DVR) or muster up that enthusiasm from the morning to attempt this run. Then I realize that I am running a half marathon on Sunday that I have barely trained for and it’s probably in my best interest to get a solid run in.
SO I begin changing into my running clothes while still hoping something pops up that makes me cancel my run. As I grab my iPhone, turn on my running app and set my Distance Run to “10 miles” I realize that this is happening. I get a surge of excitement that I resisted the temptation to sit on the couch, chow down on food and feel the regret of missing my workout. Before long, I am in Central Park with all the other Tuesday warriors plugging through my 10 miles.
At about mile 8, my legs are pretty exhausted and I have the urge to call it a day and celebrate that at least I ran 8 miles even though my plan was for 10. Then I decide to treat myself like a dog who has learned a new trick and propose a treat if I finish my 10 miles. I will end around Columbus Circle and go to my favorite smoothie place where I will get a protein shake with almond butter, almond milk, banana, kale and a little cacao to celebrate my run, pound the protein while I am still burning calories, get my mini chocolate fix and stick to what I started…and that is just what I did!
The moral of this story is that it is worth that extra push after a long day to set out on your workout plan and resist the 3pm snack temptations that befall all of us. Yes, it would have been easier to slam a pint of ben & jerrys on the couch and forget my run ever existed. And I am actually glad that I had shared with my co-workers earlier in the day about my plan to run because they helped to give me that motivation to get it done! All in all, it was worth it.
What was your small victory this week so far?