What is it going to take to get me motivated this year?
Up until now, I’d assumed that my procrastination with running had been down to the recent bouts of bad weather – wind, rain and more winds that were so strong that the weather people even started naming them. But that didn’t really make sense. I mean, this time last year I was running along the seafront for over two hours at a time, with wind, rain and waves crashing on the promenade and it didn’t bother me at all.
Still, I am getting older (aren’t we all) so I put my sudden dislike of bad weather down to old age and bought myself a treadmill to try to combat the problem. But almost three weeks after buying the treadmill, I’ve hardly used it. So what’s going on?
It took me a while to figure it out, but I think that the problem is that I’m too impatient. I just can’t be bothered starting over with Couch to 5K again and again and again. So, this morning I decided to try something different. I decided that I would just run on the treadmill (very slowly) until I didn’t feel like running any more.
I started with a couple of minutes walking, just to warm up, before upping the speed to 6.5 km/h. I know, that’s not much faster than walking pace, but the idea was to go slowly to see how long I could keep running for. This is another good thing about the treadmill, as there’s no temptation to engage in secret races with other runners while training, so staying slow is not a problem.
To my surprise, I managed to run for about 20 minutes, which is what you have to do in Week 5, Day 3 of C25K. This gave me a huge lift as it means that if I want to follow C25K, I only have to do another three weeks! In total I covered 2.4K in 25 minutes (including about 5 mins of walking) which is ridiculously slow, but I don’t really care. The important thing is to get running and keep running, no matter what the pace.
In terms of a training plan though, I’ve decided not to have one for the time being. I need to get back to running because I want to, not because the training plan is telling me to. Once I’m back up to speed mentally as well as physically, I’ll think about it, but for now I just want to have some fun with it.
How’s your running and training going? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.