I haven’t run since Tuesday. The combination of being REALLY busy and REALLY tired has pushed running way down the list of priorities. This is the first time in years that I’ve gone this long without running without a valid reason (you know, like injury or childbirth or recovering from a marathon.)
I used to do this all the time. I’d get in good shape. Exercise would be a regular occurence. I’d be feeling good about myself. Then I’d get busy with the new school year. Or I’d be working two jobs. Or the one job I had would become super stressful.
One day I’d wake up and realize it had been MONTHS since I got regular exercise. All my jeans would be super tight. I’d feel squishy and even my face would look chubby. I’d have to start all over again rebuilding the exercise habit. (Luckily, I tend to eat healthy most of the time when I’m not exercising, so the weight gain was never huge.)
I realize that this time is different. I just had a blip of a few crazy days that I knew would not last long. I’m already chomping at the bit to get out there for a run.
But it reminded me just how easy it is to slide down that slope to the place where exercise is no longer a priority. To that place where exercise is always the thing that falls off the daily to do list. It reminded me that my inner lazy girl is still there.
It’s time to lock that lazy girl up again and get out there and get my sweat on. If you need me, I’ll be running in the rain.
15 thoughts on “Slippery Slope”
For me it is ALL about letting a small fall not turn into a huge derailment. Easier said than done but….
We are all cheering you on.
Been there, done that. A few yrs ago I had health issues and I found myself slipping away from running. Initially it was because I felt “blah” but then I just didn’t go out and run. Took me awhile to get back into it, but thankfully I did. Maybe I just needed a break?? Enjoy running in the rain!
first step is realizing the slide has started! and you’ve done that! good luck with the run!
Woohoo! Enjoy your run. I have been there before and it is way to easy to slide down that slope. Unfortunately, it is harder to get back up:) Good job stopping the slide before it got out of control!
I agree with Lindsay – catching the slide early is always a good sign so kudos to you! Enjoy your rain run 🙂
Just get right back on that horse; no guilt, no regrets!
You CAN DO IT!
i try to think of life as NOT being a baseball game. I used to live to the rule, “three strikes you’re out” but I realized that we weren’t playing a game. This is MY LIFE. and my HEALTH we’re talking about. I can strike out as many times as I want but as long as I get back up and try again, I can walk away proud.
I fell of the wagon hard last week. I admit it. I posted a blog about it — it stinks and makes us feel like crap, but the best thing to do is jump back in
Life sure can get in the way of runs. Enjoy the run!
Two weeks fighting a cold, and now I have no running mojo too. Maybe we’ll find it together? 🙂
Woo! Go get your sweat on girl!
Hope you had a good run out in the rain 🙂
My daughter was sick last week and gave it to me, so Fri and Sat I barely left the couch/bed, and was thoroughly enjoying the rest days for a change, even though I missed my long run. It’s taking some extra effort to get back at it this week! Enjoy your run in the rain!
I am always worried that if I miss days it will become a habit I can’t break.
Even ten years ago I was still thinking up excuses of why I didn’t have to get up and exercise – not enough sleep, a busy day ahead, a bit of drizzly rain. Somewhere in the last decade it’s all changed around and missing a session has become really hard even when I have a great excuse.
I know what you mean! It really is a slippery slope, and I’m always worried I might slide down… Last week I didn’t run for 2 days, and already I felt myself slipping.
It happens to every high achiever, athlete, champion and person on the planet. The difference between the person who achieves and fails is the champion never feels like doing the training, taking the next step, spending more time in the gym…..but they do it anyway!