My mind always feels fresh coming off the weekend and rather than slowly building my momentum, I’m working on going after the bigger tasks at hand first – then sprinkling in smaller to-dos where I need to in the remaining days of the week.
This is where you come in. How do you feel about a starting a monthly check-in to keep each other accountable when it comes to the goals we set a few weeks back? It doesn’t have to be anything formal, just an uplifting and motivating conversation down in the comments. Or we can take things to Facebook and Twitter, if that’s more your thing!
Whether you’re chasing a new career path, revamping your lifestyle or taking to the treadmill to train for a half marathon, a little dose of accountability can go a long way.
Are you in?
I don’t want to startle anyone knowing damn good and well how testy Mondays can be, but we’re about to close out the first month of 2015. What are you doing to make sure you don’t end up disappointed come December…when we’re all in reflection mode – evaluating what we set out to accomplish with the bright promise of a new year.
I’ll take the lead…
SHOP RACE GEAR:
I ran my first race of the year yesterday with Shanley. Actually, let’s refer to it as an eye-opener, because that is precisely what it was for me. If you were to ask me yesterday if I ever wanted to run more than 6 miles again in my life, I would have looked at you like you stole a donut right out of my hand.
The run unfolded a little something like this…
The race was completely underground, so aptly named The Groundhog Run. Claustrophobia and anxiety set in as we herded into the starting area. So many people, so little space to escape (if necessary).
…the real panic set in when I realized that my cell service was completely non-existent. No Pandora, no stellar YouTube playlist that Pete assembled for me when I started half marathon training. There I was, stuck with the 14 songs I have downloaded on iTunes because I’m cheap like that.
Then came the real torture. For some ungodly known reason, only a handful of the songs would actually play. Shout out to Ludacris, Sam Smith and Jacquees. Music is everything when I’m running, but when you have to listen to the same five songs over and over, things get boring real fast.
Then came the warm pockets of air, which were thick through the first several miles. This is a recipe for disaster for someone that gets overheated in the coolest of temps (I’m that girl). Mile 3 brought sweet relief in the form of a cold pocket and another water station. I stopped every. single. time.
I caught a glimpse of the outdoors around mile 5 and a small part of me wanted to sneak out and call it a day, the devil on my shoulder kept whispering, “no one will even know.” Another pep talk from Shanley reassured me that we were close to finishing and I needed to get my mind right.
Just as the same Ludacris song began to play for what was probably the 7th time, I heard it….cowbells. Typically these are known as the most annoying form of encouragement in a sport setting. Not today! That clanking meant the finish line was deliciously close. I’ve never, ever been more happy to see the end of a race. And I’m not just saying that.
We finished in just over an hour, although I know Shanley would have cruised on by if it weren’t for me, but I’m really thankful that she was willing to hang back and wait while I walked through the water stations and slowed down when the heartbeat in my head got to be too much. I have a feeling our finish line photo is going to be a real gem. Spoiler alert: we were holding hands.
I’ve got my work cut out for me if I want to run the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in under two hours. I’m determined to train hard these next few months and focus on what my body is telling me so that I can make the most of my runs.
How are things going on your end? Have you made any progress this first month of the new year? Don’t be shy..