Excuses. How easy it is for us to come up with excuses?
I have heard my fair share of them about assignments not being completed, during my first few weeks of teaching.
- I was really sick.
- The snowstorms prevented me from not doing them.
- I have it in the car…or wait, I don’t (really dude?).
- I didn’t understand it.
- The aliens told me not to do it (yes, I have a wise guy in class).
- I just didn’t do it.
The last excuse both got under my skin, and oddly enough, I also slightly appreciated it at the same time. The student with this particular excuse still came to school to face me. The student owned up to the truth about their lack of doing the work. This dose not excuse their actions though – the student’s assignment grade will go down, but their attendance and participation grade will remain the same.
Even though I have expressed my disappointment while hearing these excuses, in class, I am secretly doing the same thing with my running lately.
As you know I have an ultramarathon to run, in August. I also have a few big races coming up in April (Traprock 17k) and in June (The Ragnar New England Trail). About this time last year, I was a little more devoted to my running with a good amount of weekly miles completed due to group trail runs and the treadmill. But this year hasn’t been the same. The snowstorms and all the holiday off time has cut my running-time windows way down and the added workload hasn’t helped either…
Ugh, I know…I’m making the same excuses. To be honest, at times I just didn’t want to run, either.
It feels good to come out with the truth. My mind and body haven’t really been into it, lately, so I had recently made myself realize that we (running and I) need to be on a break. I have made the effort to let go of the stress of tallying my miles these past few months. I have skipped a week here and there, when I really needed to. I have also stretched out the time between my runs. Being on this “running break” I feel has helped me maintain a good running base and an overall natural desire to want to exercise. I may have a slower pace right now, but at least I have taken the stress out of having to run.
Even though I was doing great with my miles and pace, last year I started to feel a lack of wanting to keep going on the treadmill. This stress resulted in my conditioning decline in the final month before the Traprock race.
I know I can’t control the fact that I got injured, but I now think that if I was better prepared, at the end, the injury wouldn’t have been as extreme. I also noticed the same trend when the cold winter was replaced with a very hot summer. When it was during the time of my Ragnar race conditioning the same treadmill stress started to take a hold of me. By making my training take a backseat, at the end, I suffered from dehydration and muscle spasms right after the race.
So, I’m going to start this year with a different approach.
Now that it is treadmill season again I have uploaded my Netflix account on my iPad. I started to watch my favorite shows, at a slower pace, to get in the miles and not worry about my speed. I’ll let you know how things go when I bump up into the longer running sessions, but so far it’s working. Last year, I did have one super long treadmill session that I was really proud of completing, so I’m hoping to get to this level again.
Did you like my treadmill humor? I created these last year while going through the agony of having to get on the blasted running machine, but I have realized its helpfulness in maintaining my overall running endurance and speed. I look forward to comparing my big races and see how I have improved, but not at the cost of stressing out over them.
And maybe soon I can make another meme that says this…