Sunday, September 2, 2012

Procrastination vs. Victory!?!

I am training for the Run Like Hell 1/2 Marathon that is scheduled in October. I have been on track for my weekly training runs ~ On Tuesday and Thursday I run a 5k's each day and on Friday's I walk 2 miles. Of course I do my other workouts during the week as usual. Anyway.....Each Sunday I'm supposed to run a distance. First Sunday was 3 miles...for problem! Then each Sunday the distance is supposed to increase. If you're really smart, you would start 3+ months before your race and really work it so when you need to run 13.1's no problem!

When I trained for my first 1/2 marathon, I did just that with no problem. I was very obedient to my training schedule and I did what I was asked to do. Because of all that work and dedication, I was in such great shape that I could and did run three 1/2 marathons in 5 weeks. Crazy, but I did it!!

So I got my calendar out and set up my training time. I did pretty well until I hit the weeks that I needed to run 6.5 miles & 8 miles. The only thing saving me, is I did very well with my weekly running training. So all is not lost.

Anyway, I'm behind on my long distance training....

Right now...I should be at mile at 9.5 miles. Unfortunately I'm facing 7 miles today.

I'm really behind!!

I'm really feeling the pressure!!

Kind of feeling like I need to quit. I'm too far from where I need to be to be ready for this race!! Kind of tired of trying to catch up.....

This picture was taken by mistake and I almost deleted it. But there's something about it that brings me excitement. It's me, while I was doing a 5k run for an (8/22) Intel event. I'm happy and smiling, I've got my head up and I'm focused. I'm running toward the finish!! I'm running to victory!!

This morning, as I have been procrastinating to get my 7 miles in. I'm feeling really behind and a little defeated. I get to make a decision about whether I'm going to let this procrastination get me another day.

Or I get to decided that I'm racing for victory!!

Here's what victory looks like:

Look at our faces. We are happy ~ We got it done!!!

Without doing the work today....I will not see that face on race day in October.

Without doing the work today...I will not see victory!!

So bye - bye procrastination. I'm racing for victory!!

How about you. Will you let procrastination stop you from reaching your victory?

Keep focused!!

Update ~ I got it done ~ 1 Hr 40 Min ~ 7 Miles = VICTORY!!!


  1. Hi Joy.

    If you are feeling a little low and wanting to procrastinate because you've fallen behind in your schedule have you thought of these things ....

    Each week bump up your distance by an extra 0.25 mile. It might give you the extra psychological advantage in that you are getting closer to being on track. If you feel really good one Sunday you could bump it up by even more and suddenly you are much closer to your training plan for the next week.

    On the other hand there may be other factors like nutritional deficiencies. What do you know about the affect of hormone imbalances and perhaps even adrenaline depletion? I'm not going to make suggestions on where you find this info if you think you need to check it out. There's a huge amount of information around and I think you probably have as much as you can handle anyway.

    Just one thing you might like to look into if you have not already done so. Many athletes/sports people think they need to carb load. For some people that's not so and long term has a terrible effect. Those people do better on a little extra protein with higher animal fat or coconut oil or olive oil.

    We are all so individual it can take a lot of experimenting to understand what works best and this can also change as our bodies change and become more healthy, not to mention the changes of different stages and ages.

    Hope you got you run in comfortably. You wouldn't want to be running here today. Cold wind and pouring rain. Not nice and we have to go out.


  2. Good for you for keeping up with the training. My advice was going to be train anyway and keep on training. You can decide on race day if the training was adequate, rather than letting a schedule tell you now.

    You have got incredible mental toughness. Good for you!!!!!

  3. I know you and you're NOT A QUITTER! I'm so proud of you. And by the way, you look great! I love the picture of you running. You look like the athlete that you are!

    Love to you sweet friend!

  4. I hope you got my message, I just sent you one,but I had to sign in and it threw me to another screen. Just in case you didn't, I'm so proud of and inspired by you!

  5. First, YAY FOR VICTORY. Very inspirational post. You have a great attitude. Second, I absolutely love the picture of you running. Especially with the sun rays illuminating your face.

    Good stuff!

  6. I've been away from blog land for a long time. I am sitting here smiling over the fact that you've become a runner! I've been running as well and just completed my first half marathon. It makes me happy that we are both running. Keep up the good work and thank you for visiting my blog even though I've been a flaky "on again off again" blogger!