A Gorgeous Day … and a Reality Check

Sometimes I make myself laugh … and not in a  good way!  This afternoon I had to go pick up a few things at the grocery store.  Said store is a very quick half mile from the house.  It is an absolutely beautiful day here today, so I decided I would walk.

As I was getting ready to leave the house, I remembered I also had to go to the bank.  The branch closest to the house is a little over a mile away, and in the same general direction as the grocery. But as soon as I remembered the bank errand, I was all set to grab my car keys and drive.  On this glorious day!

The truly crazy thing about this is that last weekend I walked a half marathon (13.1 miles for those of you who don’t know) and I had a very specific time goal  in mind.  Which, by the way, I beat.  Yay me!

However today, because I had to add an additional mile onto my errand walk, I was all set to jump in the car.  Mind you, I had no time constraints, and no additional place to be at any specific time.  It was simply habit.

I laughed at myself as I headed out on foot for a truly lovely, leisurely walk to both the bank and grocery. Mission accomplished.  It’s amazing how close things seem after walking a half marathon.  Seriously … what was I thinking??

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Training vs Doing … and the persuasive power of friends

I do not consider myself an athlete.  I don’t get into training … for anything, really but certainly not athletic training.  That’s not to say I don’t work out, because I do…regularly… like six days a week.  Recently, however my oldest friend – and probably the only human on Earth who could do so – (Hello, Ellen) has talked me into walking a half marathon with her in a month.  What was I thinking?

Now I know what everyone is going to say… “you’re walking!  What’s the big deal?”  Well, you see, they do not leave the course open forever.  The majority of people will be running and you do NOT want to be the last one on the course with the “sag wagon” riding up your rear-end.  Also, walking continuously for 13.1 miles is not something that should be entered into lightly.  Your feet, legs and back just aren’t used to it.  So train I must.

Hubby was thrilled.  Having run several full marathons and close to 30 half marathons, he went into full-on coach mode.  Which is good because, as I said … I don’t train, I just do.

After finishing a short run with said hubby, we discussed the differences between those that enjoy training (him) and those that don’t (me).  When I’m just working out because I enjoy exercising (or more honestly because I enjoy the results that exercising brings), each finished work out is a completed task in and of itself.  It’s a job done.  A checked off item on my to-do list.  Done, finished!  I don’t have to think about it again.  Now, with my training, it is just a piece in a puzzle… a building block.  Job not complete.  Task not finished.  Closer, yes.  But still unchecked.  I hate unchecked boxes.

So I think the trick is going to be changing my mindset (ouch!  hate that!)  Hubby mentioned continuing to think about each long walk or run as an individual workout on a weekly workout checklist.  Well, that’s better… but I’ve still got that big, whopping, un-checked half marathon box looming over my head.  So…. train I must.