I’ve always been fantastic at procrastinating.
School project assigned on a Monday night, due the following week at 7pm? Started at 5pm on Monday and I’d be outside the classroom on my laptop working on it right up until class started.
12 page paper due at 1pm, with an entire semester to prepare for it? I started it at 2am the day of. (I received an A on that paper, by the way. I work best under pressure!)
Laundry that needs to be done that I have an entire weekend to tackle? I’m just loading it into the washer at 8pm Sunday night.
You get the picture. I wait until the last minute to do everything. It’s a terrible habit, one that I just can’t seem to kick no matter how hard I try. I don’t know why I thought this 100 Miles in May challenge would be any different.
Uh yeah, not going so well. After some calculations and reevaluating my plan of attack, I realized I had two options:
- quit the challenge and quietly delete the previous post where I declared I was participating in it. Destroy the evidence and deny, deny, deny. Huh, what challenge? Don’t know what you’re talking about…
- step up my game and finish out the month strong, even if I don’t nail the total 100 mile goal
After much deliberation, I decided on option two. The month was still worth salvaging, and any miles were better than throwing in the towel altogether.
I attempted three times this week to wake up at 4am to make it to the gym before work. Didn’t happen. I launched a new plan: workout at lunch! Initially I hated it. I felt rushed to get to the gym, get changed, and knock out some cardio. And then with my heart racing afterwards, I had to hurriedly get changed, make myself presentable, and bolt back to the office.
But what do you know, I found myself packing a gym bag again on Tuesday night. And again last night. I think I may have fallen in love with my mid-day stress reliever!
Since Monday I’ve been to the gym four consecutive days, with double sessions on the last three of them. WHO AM I?! The miles are adding up, and I’m even getting in strength training sessions every other day.
I know this isn’t exactly the idea of the challenge. It’s supposed to inspire you to do a little bit each day, be active, stay healthy. Not “cram-as-many-miles-in-as-you-can-in-two-weeks” I’ve obviously turned it into.
However, I’m glad I didn’t cave & quit as I tend to do when the going gets tough. And honestly I feel incredible this week. I’m sleeping better, and I feel more in shape than I have in a long time. As an added bonus – I’ve discovered my love for lunchtime workouts. This is going to help immensely, because 90% of the time I am successful at talking myself out of my evening workouts on the hour+ commute home.
I just might hit that 100 mile mark!