- To hold myself accountable and not return to my very attractive couch
- To remind myself how much I’ve grown.
Looking back, all I can now say is “it was a great idea” and I have real proof that I’ve earned my stripes to be called a runner.
My goal to learn how to run in 10 weeks has been successful. The primary agenda was to learn to run-full stop, Secondary agenda was to build endurance to run 5km non stop without walking breaks included. Both were met 150%.
- Excuse 1: but I’m tired! – I’m married to a man that gets up early most mornings to exercise. I have a long commute so count me out of early morning workout during the weekdays, but at weekend it’s usually “are you coming along today?”, from the depths of my sleep “no, i’m tired”. Well those days are gone, my Saturday’s are the only days I can have an unhurried run so I cherish them. I’m now up by 6am to have my quiet time with the Lord then off on my running route by 7am for an hour. It refreshes (I can’t believe I just said that) and energizes me for my busy Saturday which in the past I would just manage and drag myself through.
- Excuse 2: but I’m too busy! – my long commute , work schedule and ministry commitments mean I don’t get home till late, as late as 9 pm some days. Well, a run day is a run day IS a run day, so my new life now consists of running laps in my short drive way when it’s too late to go out. This worries the night guard to no end but he’ll get used it.
- Excuse 3: but I’m fasting! – how do you keep up an exercise routine and fast ? Trust me this is a non issue and I can testify to that. Of course one needs to be careful not to overdo it while fasting but I have learnt to plan my runs around high energy periods; early in the mornings is best when you still have energy stored up from last nights dinner.
- Excuse 4: but the sweat will mess up my hair! – that excuse expired 3 years ago after I cut my hair and went natural, but I still managed to hang on to the lame excuse when running out of good excuses. Girl, if it’s sweaty wash it!
- Excuse 5: but it’s too hot! – then run before the sun comes up. But I’m too tired to wake up early…..refer to mitigation for excuse 1 :). Running in the evening after the sun goes down is another mitigation for this excuse, that is, when I can get home before 6pm….refer to excuse 2 for supporting mitigation 🙂
- Excuse 6: but it’s raining! – this my friends I am yet to overcome. God has been merciful and started me on this journey during the dry season, I haven’t had to deal with rain in 10 weeks. I have read of the joy of running in the rain….hmm, not sure about that…..we will have to wait and see.
My 10 week journey from couch to 5km is now complete and I pat myself on the back. 5/6 excuses busted, that’s a good deal by any standard.