This is such a recurring theme with me and I finally really need to address it and try to figure out why I struggle so much with running.
What I like about running:
1. the feeling of accomplishment when I set out to run x number of miles and winning the mental battle and completing my task
2. the dull ache in my legs after
3. unplugging for a bit and the way it allows you to de-stress
4. weight loss seems to be faster when I run regularly
What I hate about running:
1. Running, in general
2. Self loathing because of how slow I am. *(I know as the weight falls that the speed will increase, but geez, I feel like such a loser when I see all these other 7 minute milers or even 12 minute milers out there. Jealousy is not a pretty color for me...)
3. In the summer, the heat and humidity make it unbearable in South Louisiana. I will happily add layers and run in 32º temps but when it is 87º at 5:30 in he morning and at 94% humidity or higher---ugh.
I think, and I'm being honest right now, that its the heat more than anything that is making me not want to do it. I can go to the gym and get on the elliptical and not even bat an eyelash and have an hour fly by. Tennis, I am LOVING! Even despite the heat now. I'm not sure if it is just because I see tangible results as I play or what. And I know I'm going to have to continue to keep up with my cardio to improve my tennis game as well. So I am not quitting running by any means.
So, yes, it's been 2 weeks to the day that I have had my last run. But, I will do it tomorrow as I have no excuse. I am taking off work tomorrow since my dad is having surgery on his shoulder so I will have some time in the morning that I can commit to a run before we have to head up to the surgical center.
And despite all this I've gone ahead and scheduled my next 5K. I'm finding more and more that I need to have that next event to look forward to and that usually will help me keep my running schedule in check. When I don't have anything planned, I feel like I automatically have a built in excuse to brush it off and go do the elliptical instead.
Plus, if I play my cards right and I can get Chris on track to building our fence, maybe this 5K will be a good excuse to adopt a new furbaby. I've been really wanting to adopt again and missing Buzz a lot isn't helping matters. Plus, who doesn't love cute little doggies in Halloween costumes!? :)