Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 2.53 miles; Running Total: 61.68 miles)
Day 145 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
Two days into my goal and I’ve run but I haven’t done the foam roller or the planks.
It’s gratifying to see my mileage increment upwards, so for the last two days I ran first. By the time I was done running I was sweaty and tired and just wanted a shower. I wanted to get on with my day, not do planks or roll my legs out on the foam roller.
I don’t want to get to the end of my twelve days of feeling good only to find that my goal slipped to the wayside. Obviously what I was doing was only working in part.
So I needed to change my plan for attaining my goal.
I identified two problems with my approach of running then doing the planks and the foam roller.
First problem: My plank goal wasn’t specific enough.
I just said “I’ll do planks.”
Solution: Make the goal more specific.
A more specific goal is “I’ll do three planks for thirty seconds each.”
Making the plank goal more specific puts it into context. If I can’t find a minute and a half in my day to do something good for myself then I’m just making excuses.
Second problem: The order in which I was performing the exercises.
I like running. I want to skip everything else and get to the fun part. I let myself believe I would get to the planks and the foam roller ‘later’, even though ‘later’ turned into ‘never’.
Solution: Use running as the reward.
If I do the planks and the foam roller before I run, then my run becomes a reward. And, bonus, I’ve already completed the other two exercises so I don’t have to think about them for the rest of the day.
Today’s silver lining: I like identifying solutions to problems I can solve.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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