I haven’t done many races this year. I tend to do at least one a year, sometimes more. The most I have done in one year was 9. Wow! That was a busy and expensive year. lol This year I believe I have done two so far but both have been for a friend. Neither of which had I intended to run in or did I register for myself.
Next weekend I will be running in the first race that I have registered in this year.
If all goes as planned it will be the first of 5 races before the year ends. Let’s just say I have finally gotten motivated. Strangely enough that is exactly why I am writing this post right now. Because I am not feeling motivated at all to go to the gym.
I started off strong last week. I went to the gym last Friday night, went for a lengthy walk, 5.66 miles, with a friend on Saturday and returned to the gym Sunday – Tuesday. However, I have not made it back since. Wednesday there was threat of a storm, Thursday I did not feel well and tonight I am simply being lazy.
Including tomorrow there will be 8 days prior to next weekend’s race. I am going to do my best to go to the gym every day. I love doing races but I also love doing well, for me, at races. I doubt I will ever come in first in my age group. I doubt I will ever beat all of my friends. But if I can do well for myself then I am proud of what I have accomplished. If I do not train for a race and must walk more than run because of it then I become ashamed of myself and it takes part of the fun out of it. You would think this would be motivation enough to get in and stay in the gym.
Stay in the gym. That is the real problem. I love working out. I really do. I feel so good after. I am full of energy. I love the sweat. I love the way my face is flushed after a good work out. I love seeing if I can go longer, faster or lift more. I love just about everything about it….except the getting to the gym part. This is where I need the most help. Once I get there I’m good.
Quite often I will go to the gym and do well. But only for a short period of time. Before long months will go by without me stepping foot in a gym or working out in any way. I would like for fitness to become a regular part of my life. Right now it is so temporary.
I know many of you might be right here with me. You lack the motivation as well. Many others will say just do it. You want to do it so do it.
It is as easy as that and yet at the same time it’s not. Some will know what I mean.
If any of you have any suggestions on how to get in and stay in the gym, I welcome them. I’ll keep you updated on any that I might learn of along the way.
Fingers crossed I will make it in to the gym tomorrow!