Not again…

Okay, one thing I’ve learned since starting a blog: It’s not easy running a blog. You have to be consistent and disciplined with keeping it updated, and I’ve realized that’s something I need to get better at with this site. If you’re reading this and you have your own blog, I’d love to hear how you stay motivated with being consistent with posts and content.

So, if you read my last post, you know that I had a race this past Saturday (Dec. 9th). This was the 25K trail race I decided to run instead of the 50K I had originally planned on running in November. Well, to get straight to the point, I found out I had to work the same day as the race. Sooooo, I didn’t get to run it. Initially, I was bummed. I’d already spent the money on the entry fee, and now it was wasted. However, after mulling it over and discussing it with Katelyn, I realized something: I probably wasn’t ready for this race. Sure, I ran some and went to the gym here and there, and I even did a few long runs. Closer to race day, though, I wasn’t putting in the training 100%. I wasn’t running regularly, and my diet was on and off. Oh, and the temperature for most of the race? The 20’s. With the temperature being above average lately, I hadn’t been able to do a lot of training for cold weather running.

After considering all these things, I felt better about missing this race. Also, I was able to transfer 50% of the money from this race towards next year’s race, so that was definitely a plus. So what did my Saturday look like? I worked 5-9 AM, came home, slept a couple of hours, made lunch, watched a couple of documentaries, and then did a workout while watching The Office (how else do you work out?). To end the day, Katelyn and I went to our church’s Christmas Extravaganza, brought home dinner, and fell asleep to a movie on TV. To be honest, the day was amazing and much-needed, and I enjoyed it way more than if I had run that race.

I’m not sure if I’m going to register for another race just yet. I still want to do races, just not for a little while. What I want to focus on for now is getting back to exercising regularly and eating healthy. I have to get out of the “quick fix” weight loss mindset and start looking at it as a lifestyle. That’s the only way you can have lasting change when it comes to weight loss and getting in shape, and it’s about I start putting that to practice.

Here’s to dusting yourself off and getting back on the horse. Stuff happens, like things not going the way you planned or failing to stick with something you know is good for you. What you can’t do is dwell on what happened. It’s in the past, so leave it there and get back in the game!

Until next time,

Seth

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