Day 122: Does anyone actually enjoy the treadmill?

Cause I don’t.
run because you can

Last night I was forced to run on the treadmill at the gym; the bane of my existence. It was way too slippery to run outside and even though the days are getting longer, by the time I can go in the evening it’s too dark (and I can’t see the icy spots). So I headed over the gym (which was a total gong show) and hopped on a machine.  Unfortunately for me, I was stuck between two big men, you can’t even begin to imagine what that was like. It was hot. Smelly. And uncomfortable.

As you know, I hate the treadmill. I decided that I would kill two birds with one stone and listen to a podcast for some work stuff. I enjoyed the podcast just about as much as watching paint dry, so I won’t make that mistake again! The run wasn’t much better.

At any rate, I finished in just under 42 minutes. I have no idea what my true pace was and quite frankly, didn’t much care because I’m faster on pavement than indoors (ironically). I then went on to complete a bit of TRX, yoga and left.

The bottom line: I wasn’t feeling training yesterday (if you hadn’t picked that up already). So I was pleased when it was over. I found myself questioning what the heck I was doing. I have so much to do, and I started feeling overwhelmed, like I shouldn’t be at the gym, I should be doing the other things that need to get done. But then I snapped back to the reality that being health IS a priority. Training IS a priority. And then, when I woke up this morning I ❤ to Run had this great infographic on their Facebook page and it reminded me to stop being so ungrateful. I’m lucky I can train (even if I hate it). I know there are others who would love to do the same. So thanks for giving me a good kick in the butt – I needed it.

Hope everyone is having a great week! And to those of you on the east coast freezing your arses off… just thank God that you only get winter for a few weeks. We’ve had it since September!

We’re going to enjoy this balmy weather and hit the pavement tonight – YAHOO!

 

Do you need a buddy to keep you on track with your New Years goals?

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Okay. So thank you Facebook for prompting this blog post (and sorry if it ends in some ranting). I’ve seen a few status’s from some people who are annoyed with the influx of new bodies at the gym because of New Years fitness and health goal/resolutions. Sadly, most of the comments are: “well, give it a few days/weeks and they’ll quit anyway.” Look, I ain’t naive. I know that it’s no secret that people make New Years resolutions that are next to impossible to keep (eg: six pack abs in four weeks). I know that sometimes we get so excited trying to make positive changes in our lives, that goals get out of hand. And don’t kid yourselves, we’ve all been there: too many changes too fast – trust me, I know. I also know first-hand that some people are just jerks. Period. They take more pleasure in seeing somebody else fail, than succeed (God only knows why).

Let me tell you a little story.

Last year I decided (after several attempts) that I was going to start going to the gym early in the morning. I had made grandiose new years resolutions that I would finally get back into shape; I would go to the gym every day; work out – yadda yadda yadda. It took a while, but I finally got the nerve to go. I arrived super EARLY that morning. I was so proud of myself. I signed up for the machine I preferred (you know the one I mean; the one that has absolutely NO ONE directly behind – no one needs to see that). I started doing my thing. Then, out of nowhere, I got accosted by a regular (who, I came to find out from the fitness center monitor, regularly humiliated people and also favoured the machine I was on). He accused me of not following protocol. (Seriously guy, it’s 6:30 a.m… protocol?)

I looked at the board and realized someone erased my name off of the sign ups – obviously an honest mistake. But this guy was just a dick (side-note: thank goodness none of my resolutions were to stop swearing; some year I will but this ain’t it). Anyway, I told him that I had signed up and it must have been erased. He rolled his eyes, hopped onto the machine beside me and turned to the woman there and started bitching about me within earshot. SERIOUSLY? I was already self-conscious as it was, the last thing I needed was some gym-freak making it more uncomfortable. And he did. It took me a few days and maybe even a week or so to comfortably get back at it. But I eventually I did. I even managed to say “Hi!” to him one morning (mostly just to get a rise out of him).

So here’s a thought for all you people out there who have no patience for the “newbies” at the gym: why don’t you just try to encourage them? It’s not easy to go, especially if you haven’t been active. It takes a while and some confidence to get into a new routine. And for some people, it literally is a struggle every day. And seriously, what the hell do you gain by taking pleasure in someone else’s failure especially when you can share in helping them succeed?

Mumbai Personal Training

You all know that yesterday I needed motivation to get out and run and within a few minutes of asking for help, one of my online pals gave me the encouragement I needed to get going. It’s that easy. It’s that support and encouragement that helps people achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. And I believe we’d all be better off if we just learned how to support each other more.

And with that, I’m asking that if anyone out there needs a running or workout buddy, whether in person or online – I’m your gal! Call on me! 

Truly. I need it as much as anyone else!

And for goodness sakes you old gym rats: OK. So you find it severely annoying when your routine is messed up because a “newbie” is using YOUR machine at the gym. Cut them some damn slack. Instead of being a jerk. Just talk to them. Give them a pat on the back. Or shut the hell up and carry-on with another piece of equipment. It’s that simple.

Okay. That’s it. Really. I hope that if you made a resolution, that you will stick to it. I’m only three days into not eating stuff that comes in a package and I’m thinking, “oh no, a whole year of this?!”

But I have faith. I know I can do it and so can you! 

 

 

 

Day 100: A delightful #Christmas run & thanks!

YAHOO! Kat from RunningKatTales done Day 100 of trainingYesterday marked my one hundredth day of training, a pretty special milestone for me. And coincidentally I received an email congratulating me on hitting one hundred “likes” as well.

When I began training in August there was certainly a part of me that was a afraid that I’d give up after a month or even a week (despite the blogs purpose to keep me on track). And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there are still days now that I get a little anxious thinking: “Holy crap, what if I can’t do it!?” But then I have to remind myself that there will be many little milestones before I hit my goal and I’m okay with that because I believe I can do it. 

And the timing of yesterdays milestone couldn’t have been more perfect. Coincidently, I had been asked to look over a manuscript about perseverance in business and life; it was during this that I was reminded that my own personal success is based on belief in myself (thank you Millar; author Boardroom to Basecamp). It doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a company or run a marathon, if you don’t believe in yourself you’ll never get anywhere. So as I hit this milestone with a mixture of elation and trepidation of what’s to come, I know that in order to succeed I have no choice but to believe in myself.

And in the words of Sir Richard Branson:

I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think and in the hearts that love.

And with this milestone on my mind, I had a terrific run. I threw on some Christmas music and ran through my neighbourhood enjoying the beautifully lit homes. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy shop; my head was swivelling in every direction to catch all the lights and decorations. Some houses are just so gorgeous; they’re picturesque with their white lights and red ribbons. Then there are houses where you know some “characters” live there. They’ve got loads of bright lights of all colours, twinkling away. It was great. I didn’t have a PR or PB, but I really enjoyed myself (and even the cold!) I finished confident, feeling terrific and hopeful for what lays ahead.

I truly hope it goes without saying that I’m incredibly grateful for the encouragement from everyone out there who has followed me and my mission to get fit and train.

Thank you P & F for constantly reminding me what’s important and how to keep it close to my heart.

Thank you to my awesome running buddy who listens to me vent, makes me laugh and is just an all-around great friend.

Thanks to my family – I know I’m probably too boisterously honest for a small-town girl, but I was raised to speak my mind (sorry if I embarrass you 🙂 )!

To my WP running buddies: You. YES YOU. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

To my crew on Facebook and Twitter – especially Lorna – you always “like” my posts, even when they’re boring and I’m appreciative of that 🙂

Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart. Your notes, comments, encouragement and “funnies” keep me motivated. It keeps me putting one foot in front of the other (which seems like an easy task until you have to do it for an hour-plus!) – this is OUR milestone!  And I know to some people this all seems like such a silly mission in life, but to me, it’s a big part of my bucket list. And I very-much look forward to checking it off! And also, I don’t give a flying f… what the haters think. Haters gonna hate!

THANK YOU FOR SHARING “OUR” TRAINING DAY 100 MILESTONE WITH ME!!!!

Here are tonights stats:Day 100 of Training! Amazing!

  • Distance: 6.44 km
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:14
  • Best Pace: 5:15

Thank you to our @Facebook family for #RunningKatTales

“The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake. The five most important words: You did a good job. The four most important words: What is YOUR opinion? The three most important words: If you please. The two most important words: Thank You. The one most important word: We. The least important word: I.” 

Tonight I asked friends on Facebook to “Like” my page for RunningKatTales so I could secure the URL (not that anyone was itching to get to it, but you never know. I mean, some people are so weird that they secure the craziest domains like “http://yousuck.com/” – seriously, check it out. It’s for sale.) Sorry. I got a little off-topic there. 

Anyway, within nano-seconds I had three friends “Like” it. Within a few more seconds another few friends liked it, and so on. I know it’s not a big deal to click “Like”, but I’m grateful for your support. I couldn’t have done it without you. We made this happen 🙂 

END RESULT: You can now visit RunningKatTales on Facebook at the address: Facebook.com/runningkattales (and it no longer has a million numbers after it.)