Last night I was on the treadmill (yuck, I know) before one of the few classes that I can squeeze in after work (yoga). I had a decent warm up and then picked up the pace for a run and that's where I started having problems. I knew I could run longer than I did but as soon as it got even just a little uncomfortable, I would slow back down to a walk. Even though I was frustrated with myself, I couldn't seem to push myself to go farther. I would hear my inner voice say, "come on, hang on, keep going" but that voice seemed to be getting weaker and weaker and eventually it was a whisper and pretty easy to ignore.
I'm a little bit of social person and while I enjoy working out on my own, I think I would be improving at a better rate if I had someone with me to help keep me going. I have looked into some running groups around town. I think it would be a great way to meet new people (I'm in need of a friend that's here in town) and to be around better runners who will keep me motivated and encourage me when I need it. However, I have the same problem as I go with the classes at the gym. I work too much. Most groups meet a couple times a week and then again on the weekends for longer runs. That's perfect except I'm working when they're running (with the exception of the weekend runs).
I was thinking about my little issue today while working (duh) and I realized that I need to learn how to make that inner whisper grow back into a loud, confidant inner voice. (It's either that or get a personal trainer or running coach and I can't afford either.) Now I need to figure out what this inner voice needs to sound like. It can't sound like me because, let's face it, I'm a push-over. If you know me in real life than you knowThe Biggest Loser is the only TV show I actually watch every week so it would make sense to have my inner voice be a BL trainer. I'm a little bit of a Jillian (Michaels) groupie so I could use her voice in my head but she's a little bit on the scary side. It would be pretty sad if I scared myself with the voice in my head. That's when it hit me. I need to be my own Bob. Bob Harper is not as scary but I would do my best to do what he says. He's no push-over like I am and doesn't sound like a drill sargent the way the Gorgeous Dolvett Quince does (yes, that's his name around my house. My goodess!!! Have you seen him??? Look up and to to right! YUM! Anyway....)
|C'mon Bob, let' go for a run!|
Tonight after work I will try out my first BYOB (Be Your Own Bob) workout. I'll report back. I really hope this helps. I will set myself up with a goal and Bob (my new inner voice) will hold me to it. Wish me luck!