The ratio of time’s I’ve said I’ll run tomorrow and times that I’ve actually done it is looking pretty bad. That said, this morning I said it. “I’ll run this afternoon or tomorrow. I’m just too tired.” But then I replied’ “Dude, how many times do you say that and end up going a week without running?!”
So out the door I went, and put in 2.5 mi. My general rule is to put in at least 3 days per week, no less than 2 mi per run, with at least one longer run (4+mi) each week. I have fallen off pretty badly for the last 6 weeks or so. I was sick with some serious lung butter and because I couldn’t breath, I didn’t run. Now I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon and it’s tough. I had lost quite a bit of weight, and now I’ve gained 10 lbs back. I want to lose it within the next 2 weeks if possible.
There are a couple key points to make here.
- first – I use running and other activities to help provide the stimulation I need to function normally due to my ADHD. So when I give it up for too long, I suffer in my performance and behavior at work and at home. I’m a 35 year old father of 3, I can’t exactly misbehave as a grown-ass man. So there’s that.
- second – Procrastination is a huge issue for me, and if I don’t stick to a routine, if I try to break from it for just a day, bad things happen. Like, I go weeks without a run. The more I follow a routine, the easier things are to stay on top of. However, it’s so easy to say “I’ll just do it tomorrow instead” and that’s a problem.
This is all well and good to know, but none of it matters unless I actively pursue corrective action. So here I am, getting back on it while I’m still ahead of the game (meaning I have still kept off most of the almost 30 lbs I lost this year and I want to get back to it ASAP). Back to Mon, Wed, Fri and/or one weekend day of running and some form of activity (weights, walking, riding my bike, Just Dance with the kids) the other days to keep things moving forward.