CAC 5k Prep Week, Day 2

The 5k Saturday will be my last hurrah with regular running. I realized a while back that I don’t run because I enjoy it as I do with weightlifting; I just do it because other people can’t/won’t/don’t. There are so many other types of exercise I would prefer to do instead of running, and I don’t really want to spend the the rest of my life doggedly engaging in what I find to be an extremely unpleasant and mentally tedious physical activity just to thumb my nose at the world.

Running doesn’t clear my head or provide stress relief. I never reach a Zen-like state of peace or a euphoric runner’s high. I don’t enjoy the scenery nor do I experience a sense of oneness with Nature when I run. I’ve tried running on the beach, on wooded trails, around the neighborhood, on tree-lined German hillsides, and a dozen different treadmills–it makes no difference. It just causes my nose to dribble and makes me feel temporarily thinner for 30 minutes following the workout due to dehydration.

Not enough motivation for me.

My new, true mantra on fitness is that I am only doing this for me, and life is too short to waste on something I dislike so intensely when there are so many other equally good options out there. I don’t want to look back one day and say to myself, “Dang…I wish I’d spent all those hundreds of hours on the treadmill and roads on something I actually WANTED to do, like white water rafting, rock climbing, or martial arts.”

I saw Jet Li’s Fearless this weekend and was really struck by his character Huo Yuanjia’s attitude as a child and young man and his gradual change of heart as he got older. His youth was spent always trying to be the best and proving something to the world. I know I have some of that in my personality, too, otherwise I wouldn’t be a type A perfectionist, but like Huo Yuanjia in his final years, I am trying to chill out a little more, enjoy the here and now instead of always looking toward the future, and focus less on establishing my fitness badass credentials than helping others find the fitness badass within themselves.

I’m still going to kick major butt for the next 5 weeks though.


But in a totally non-competitive, laid-back way.

1: 3 egg whites, 40 g oats, 40 g raisins, 3 c. water
2: 1 banana, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water
3: 4 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. mixed veggies, 2 T. salsa, 1 apple, 3 c. water
4: 1 rice cake, 1/2 T. ANPB, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water
5: 4 oz. chicken breast, 3 c. lettuce/onion salad, 2 T. Kraft Free Italian dressing, 1 apple, 3 c. water
6: 3 egg whites, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water

Supplements: Multivitamin, Calcium 600+D, l-glutamine, Instone Pre-Workout Intensity

8 AM Upper body/Chest workout
8 PM HIIT treadmill run
9 PM Yoga for Athletes DVD

5 thoughts on “CAC 5k Prep Week, Day 2

  1. Good for you, Maggie. Sometimes ratcheting down the intensity is a good thing (sometimes). I too struggle with that and actually try to make it a point to do less than I plan to do–otherwise I end up overworked and none too happy.

    Good luck in the 5K on Saturday. I keep meaning to sign up for one of those, but so far fear has gotten the better of me. Most of my cardio is running, a activity for which I am not ideally designed. However, I persist because I get tremendous satisfaction from doing something that I know is difficult for my body type, and when I run outdoors I enjoy the scenery. Regarding the former, it is purely a question of mind over matter, ya know? But it does get tiring after a while, and if the whole purpose of my running wasn’t to get me in shape for soccer, I might consider something else too.

    However, it’s hard to play soccer without running 😉

  2. I’m with you Maggie… I hate running. I’ll do it, but it’s never been fun. I found I _REALLY_ love to ride a road bike however. I can do that for hours and it does in fact clear my head, and give me that euphoric, exciting feeling. I’m always happy after a ride… It doesn’t work on a stationary bike though – only cruising around bike trails and the like (street riding just stresses me out though).

    If they have bike trails in your area, I’d say give that a try if you want 1/2 hour to 2 hour workouts that make you feel great.



  3. Required authentic question! Too funny. Also funny, how you describe your relationship with running! I’m with you, if you don’t enjoy something then don’t do it! Well, don’t do it too much, anyway. I just can’t imagine..I LOVE running 🙂 Now if I loved to save money as you do! I guess it is a good thing we aren’t all passionate over the same things 🙂

  4. I feel the same about running. I reached those conclusions a very long time ago.

    Go the weight training! :barbells:

    Life is definately too short to spend doing things you don’t really enjoy.

    I’ve been going through similar things with dieting – focussing less on getting things ‘perfect’ and more on self acceptance. There is more to life than obsessing and as you said ‘establishing credentials’.

    As always you are very inspiring and thought provoking.


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