Monday, July 23, 2012


So fellow running friends, what do you do for accountability? (If you require such a thing - I obviously do!)

I misread my calendar for Thursday.  I didn't get much sleep thanks to an unhappy baby waking all night. I went in DETERMINED to meet my training plan distance. I stopped after a mile to rest (less than a minute off the treadmill).  I stopped after 1.5 too.  At 2 miles, I was thinking I would give up. But I pushed to 2.5.  At 2.5 I STOPPED the treadmill, reset it, wrote down my distance and gave up. But I didn't because then I had this GENIUS thought - "If I turn the treadmill up to 7.2, I can finish a half mile in FOUR MINUTES." So I did. And almost died (but I didn't!). And I was proud of myself for sticking it out, regardless of my 4 hours of sleep the night before.

Then I got home and realized that I was supposed to have run 3.5 miles. *facepalm*  I think I felt defeated.  I skipped my Saturday run. Didn't do it Sunday either.  This morning rolled around and instead of going to the gym, I ate Peanut butter Cap'n'crunch & did laundry. It's been a WEEK, I can't fall off my training plan yet! 

So who wants a check in? Daily, weekly, anything - I just need some accountability. I will be happy to post a daily thread on here or anywhere else if that helps! If you're on Twitter, let's have a daily running hashtag or something, because there is just no way I'm going to make my time goals left to my own devices!


  1. Nic - don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes we need to listen to our bodies and rest when it tells us to rest. It's hard because it messes with your head. But you can go into your next training session with confidence that you have given your body the rest it needs. I'd be happy to to tweet along for some training acocuntability.... goodness knows I'm going to need it for the next 11 weeks. #helpmetrain ? tell me what you have planned and then report back on how you went? I'll do the same... :)

  2. Glad you are getting yourself back on track!! the way... you are one Person who HAS ALWAYS held herself accountable! You CAN DO THIS. BELIEVE in yourself...... again. :)

  3. I have 10 weeks until my race, and I find that putting the runs on the calendar helps, which you have done. The mileage mistake was just a mistake; 2.5 v. 3.5 isn't that bad in the scheme of things. Running is about having your head in the game and some days it just isn't. That's ok. It doesn't mean the next runs will be bad too. Can you ever train off treadmill so that you can do a loop that forces you to cover the distance?

    1. Courtney, I LOVE running outside. But it's been over 100º here for almost a month (seriously over 90º at least for all summer). It NEVER cools down, not even in the evening. And I'm not diehard enough to run outside in the dark. Or in the early AM - NOT a morning person!

      I did just get a jogging stroller that I intend to use for AJ when E goes back to school in a few weeks. Here's hoping summer's OVER on time this year!