I Wasn’t Failing: It Was Just A Sinus Problem

Last month I whined a bit about struggling with the C25K. Turns out I was just coming down with another bad sinus infection. That infection took me out for several days – in exercise, blogging and basically every other aspect of life.

It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m still not well but I am better.

Better enough that I have walked two days in a row and finished some chores because I couldn’t take the messiness for a minute longer. I’ll get back into the swing of things but it seems like a good time to say this: Sometimes we want to quit. But when that happens, it’s a good idea to take a step back and ask why. Sometimes it’s not that we can’t do it. Sometimes we’re just getting sick.

Give yourself a break. Get some rest, drink a lot of water and treat yourself to good nutrition before making any rash decisions. Be kind to yourself and, whatever the problem, it may just solve itself.

Persevering When You Want To Quit

New DayEarlier this month I told you about how I’m revisiting my desire to become a jogger with the C25K app.  I’ve tried a few times but usually bail at about week five when it starts to feel unreasonably hard.

This time around I’m spending a few weeks at each stage of the learning. For the last three weeks I’ve been sticking at the first level where you run 60 seconds and walk 90 seconds for twenty minutes. A five minute warm up and five minute cool down make for a pretty nice half hour workout.

During the third week, I was jogging at 6 mph and walking 4 mph with a four percent incline. I don’t know if this is good or not but it was reasonably challenging yet still attainable. I was even enjoying these workouts.

Last night I moved on to the second stage where you run 90 seconds and walk two minutes. Backing the incline down to 1.5 percent but leaving the speed alone, I managed to stay strong the entire workout.

With that said, I didn’t especially enjoy it. I hate typing those words but it’s true. 

Is it because I have a cold and am just feeling sort of run down? Perhaps it’s because I haven’t eaten especially well since the holiday. It could be that I have a lot on my mind and just wasn’t properly focused on my goals.

Maybe I need to slow down for a couple of days and work my speed back up to six. That sounds a little silly but I absolutely felt those extra thirty seconds.

It could be any number and combination of things but as I sit here my mind is on a negative loop. The loudest thought of them all is a voice that wants to know why I’m doing this anyway.

The answer is because I want to be healthy and strong and incorporating jogging seems like a great way to do that. And I’m at an age that if I’m going to learn how to do this I probably need to be doing it.

But then the demons beneath the surface start to get louder, casting doubt on my own abilities and motivations. It makes me want to quit. After all, why force something I don’t want to do? I’m a grown up and I don’t have to do anything.

The good news is that I’m too stubborn and willful to just stop. Hopefully a few days of clean eating, some rest and a healthier mental position on Wednesday will better prepare me for my workout.

But it makes me wonder – what in your life do you wish you could do but don’t because you listen to the negativity? What aren’t you doing because you think you’re just not good enough or because you’re too tired to keep trying?

And what are you doing because you are too willful to quit but that is never going to work, no matter how badly you want it to?

These are some big questions, especially for a Tuesday morning. But the big questions are there to give us opportunity to know ourselves better and maybe even inspire some much needed change.  Meanwhile, I’m going to persevere and hope you will as well. Happy Day, my friends.

Try, Try Again

I recently started the Couch Potato to 5K workout. Again. I’ve tried it a few times before and always drop out just a few weeks in.

If you’re not familiar, C25K is an app that guides you through three workouts each week. During week one, after a five minute warm-up, you jog sixty seconds and walk 90 seconds, repeating through the next twenty minutes. A five minute cool down and you’re done!

You do this three times in a week and then the workout changes, becoming a bit harder with each passing week.

The problem with this workout is that in week five you leap from jogging eight minutes and walking three to jogging for twenty minutes straight. That is a huge leap and I can never do it. Instead, I fall prey to my own selective perfectionism which often rears its ugly head when I really want to quit anyway.

But I’m prepared this time. My plan is to repeat every week, focusing on incorporating incline and improving speed on the second go through. When I reach week five, I’ll stick for a while and keep building incline until I’m a bit more comfortable. When I do move on, stepping back the incline should make it easier to go further.

Since the time change, it’s getting dark earlier, making it harder to walk outdoors after work. That means I’ll have no excuse but to come home and jump on the treadmill with this workout.

I’ll let you know how it goes.