Monday, 14 July 2014

Sometimes you just need to show up

I was a little low on motivation to run last week.  No, wait, let me rephrase that: I was very low on motivation to run last week.  A) It was freezing; b) J Bear is teething (two down, 18 to go, yay!); and c) we have some big, big family changes coming up and my head is spinning with 1001 things that need to be done (more on that later this week).  In short: It was cold and I was tired.  Boo.

Saturday morning was no different: I usually hand over all Baby J duties to Will at 04:00 a.m. and then catch a quick nap from 04:00 to 07:00 a.m. before heading off to parkrun.  But when Will woke me at 07:00, I was cold and grumpy and foggy.  And cold.  I just didn't feel like going.  Cue a major mental self-discussion on the pros and cons of staying in bed...  And, of course, getting up won - by a hair breadth. 

Not so sure if I agree with the 0 km/h wind, though...

A fellow parkrunner and I giggled as we shivered and stood waiting for the word "go".  And then we giggled some more when we couldn't feel our frozen legs during the first kilometre of the run.  Then suddenly it happened: Something just clicked.  I felt strong and fast.  And I ran like the wind (at least I ran like my kind of wind, ha!  Not like the Usain Bolt kind.  Not yet, anyway.)

I only checked my watch for the first time after crossing the finish line and I couldn't believe what I saw: A parkrun PB by exactly one minute.  Schweet!  Yip, I'm still smiling.


So during a week that I had very little desire to run, I clocked two of the best runs of the year for me so far.  Note to self: Sometimes you just need to show up.


10 comments:

  1. Maybe you were so cold you were running faster to get it over lol!

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    1. Lol - in that case I need to run in the cold a lot more often...! :)

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  2. respect!! I do pretty much no exercise although I'm always saying that I should

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    1. Thanks, Ursula! I've learnt through the years that although I often don't feel like exercising, I just always feel SO much better once I've gone out for a run. Knowing how much better I'll feel after a run usually (USUALLY!) gets me out the door...

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  3. I've lost my motivation as well, but I try to show up, too! And awesome job on the PB!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Hope your motivation is back in full force soon :) .

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  4. As I often tell myself "Feelings tell lies". It's amazing what can be accomplished when we ignore, or override them - as you've just proved. Well done Karien...

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    1. LOVE that piece of advice, thanks Gordon. Definitely one I'm going to remember!

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  5. Great job, Karien! A minute PB!? That's amazing! I'm so glad things turned around for you for the better! :)

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    1. Thanks, Hailey! Still smiling from ear to ear :) ...

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