new attitude, new game plan

31 Aug

A bad run will not derail me. A summer of heat and humidity and too many excuses will not derail me. I WILL NOT DERAIL ME!  People, I have a horrible habit of getting all self-defeatist and throwing in the towel the second something is too hard or hurts too much. I admit after yesterday’s running fiasco I was ready to quit. I was sure there was no way I could ever do this whole half marathon thing….and this is precisely the reason I set this goal for myself in the first dang-on place.

I did what a blogger does and I blogged it out! ALL the crappy feelings I had were poured out onto these pages. THANKS for all the wonderful comments from my friends. I came from work and I really did feel the love and support reaching me from the far stretches of Florida, Belgium, Minneapolis and beyond!

Even though I was feeling NOT AWESOME on Sunday, I was able to look ahead and start a “new” plan. I printed out blank calendars for September and October (side note: how the heck is it already September?!?!) and I got out my teacher tools…better know as Sharpies of many colors…and I went to town. I planned out my run days and even the mileage I am aiming for each run day.  I am also redoing week 2 of the hundred pushups challenge and using exercise TV (or my own workout dvds) on certain days.  I planned my training plan and I hope I am prepared for my half marathon. More than that, though, I hope I am ready to really & truly incorporate workouts in my real life.  I posted my plan on my front freezer which I see as soon as I walk in my front door. I see it quite frequently…do you have any idea how often a puppy needs to go out?!?! AND, even better, everyone can see my schedule/plan!

No Plan is perfect!

~~>I have already encountered a couple of problem in my plan.

Problem #1: I did not factor Lucy into the equation. Today for instance, I planned on following a pilates workout using Exercise TV On-Demand but it only took me two minutes to realize I could not concentrate on my breathing while fighting off a crazy puppy.

Solution: I searched online and found this to get me through tonight. I locked myself in my room and did my own thing.  While Lucy is still a pain in the ass puppy, I will have to be creative with workouts. Now that I am back in school, I can workout after school in my classroom using dvds (I just have to be prepared) or I can workout using certain dvds (ones that are me standing mostly, no floor work and not too much jumping around) when I get home.

*problem #2: I hate getting up in the mornings and jumping out of bed to workout. I fail at this every time I attempt it.

Solution:  STOP! I don’t have to wake up at 5:30 (I do however LOVE seeing my wake up text when I do manage to drag by butt out of bed). I CAN wake up at 6, let Lucy out, pee & stretch while she is out, start the coffee, strap on sneakers and walk Lucy. I should have enough time for a shower before I wake the kid and husband up at 7 .  I should be ready to walk out of the house by 7:50 and be at work by 8..oh yeah, that would work!!

And Now, I leave you with cuteness (but don’t be fooled, they are both terrors)!!

Thanks for always having my back!


7 Responses to “new attitude, new game plan”

  1. YumYucky August 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Jen, you are one of the most positive, sparky-energetic people I know. Can’t nuthin’ hold you down, girl!

  2. DareToBecome August 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    You can do this darlin’ – YES you CAN. I so believe in you. I just realized that your half-mary is October 17th. That is the same day as the Columbus half. If my knee holds up I hope to run it again this year. So how about that – we would be running together. *hugs*

  3. Equinestamper August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I KNOW you can do this. You have come so far. The calendar-of-many-colors is so YOU girl!! You inspire me and all the others who follow you. Remember, the Year of Jen!! Whoo Hoo!!!! P.S. I so love Lucy!!!

  4. Nadine September 1, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Good for you getting it together and re-grouping. You are totally going to be prepared for this 1/2 marathon — no question! I had my foam roller out last night and both dogs were RIGHTTHERE with me, so I feel your pain — between the dogs and the kids…

  5. lisa September 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    You rock, as always. Good for you not giving in to your usual tactics. You printed calendars (my, yours are way neater than mine). Send some energy my way?

  6. Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    You’re right, no plan is perfect. Good for you for adjusting to what works for you.

    And I can’t get up in the mornings either to work out. Which is why I stopped trying to be somebody I’m not!


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