Monday, 23 March 2009

The Shame Game

This weekend I spent my time doing anything but running. Part of it had to do with the fact that all my housemates are gone and I have the place to myself for the next week. The other part was sheer laziness. Well, only on the exercise front. I’ve been pretty productive otherwise. Besides an obligatory trip to the library, I cleaned the house, baked cupcakes, prepared my lunches for the next three days and went for a five mile walk. And since the sitting room hogs aren’t in house, I actually got to watch a couple of movies on our gigantic tv set. By the way, Gosford Park is excellent.

But no running. I’ve been pretty lacking in the motivation department when it comes to running lately. My next race is about seven weeks away which feels like ages and it’s only 7K. Having said that, it’s the one year anniversary of the first race I ever ran in and I definitely want my time to be good. So I need some encouragement to stop slacking and get back to training.

So I turned to Razz. Yeah, surprised me too. Razz has been complaining again of a lack of motivation. So we’re teaming up with X-Country2 to keep ourselves accountable. Razz and I just want to run four days a week, though I have a caveat of wanting to get in at least 17 miles each week. X-Country2, who’s training for the Lincoln marathon, wants to maintain her focus. So, for the next five weeks, the three of us are going to mock each other into pursuing our respective goals. There was talk of having an additional incentive, something like a prize for the ultimate non-procrastinator, but we were all stumped as to what that should be. If you all are more imaginative, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

Okay, that’s it for me today. Catch up with you guys later.

28 comments:

X-Country2 said...

I'm so excited about this! I think mocking by GIRLS will give Razz that extra kick in the nuts.

RazZDoodle said...

How about 2nd and 3rd place turn over their blogs for one post. :)

Calyx Meredith said...

Accountability is a good motivator. (Of course the fear of having to turn your blog over for a post might also be a big motivator!) Good luck with that. Oh, and enjoy having the house to yourself. I LOVE that feeling every once in a while.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I can only think of beer-related motivations and you don't drink, you PHREAK!!1, so I can't help you.

How 'bout winner gets to watch your flatmmates having sex; losers get to watch them twice?

nwgdc said...

I hear ya on the motivation thing. I'm just now coming out of a bit of a funk. All it took was to drop some money on entrance fees...and hearing that Glaven's weekly mileage was approaching my own!

carpeviam said...

So, what kind of runs will you actually be doing during those 4 days? I mean, are these half-ass Glaven runs or are these Vanilla intervals? I need some clarification.

And as far as motivation goes...I think it should involve, um, chocolate somehow. This is probably ONLY because I'm craving it so much since I gave it up for Lent! I'm sure Glaven could think of someway to include chocolate in the "flatmate" orgy.

Marcy said...

Break that whip out. Razz is so going to get the beat down HAHAHA! Mock the hells outta him! (I love you Razz LOL)

aron said...

just put on your shoes and dont let yourself think twice, you will be glad once you get out there :)

have fun with the taunting! :)

Viper said...

Take motivation wherever you can get it, even if it's from Razz. Though, with two ladies razzing Razz, I bet he comes out on top.

Blyfinn said...

Free will to taunt. That is awesome. I would have loved to join in if I could run. It looks like I'm going to have to back out of the Lincoln Marathon.

tfh said...

Well, clearly neither of your motivation partners has actually done anything for you in these comments. If it had been me, I would have already found something particularly nasty and degrading to say about not running + cupcakes. (+Something like, "a five mile WALK? Who are you-- Glaven?)

But since I'm a perky, supportive, sunny blogger, I'll just say, Way to go! That's the spirit! Go get 'em! You can do it!

Lauren said...

I'm usually motivated more by negatives so the losing control of the blog sounds good to me. Plus it should be entertaining for the rest of us.

Really? A five mile walk? Why don't you just ride a p*ssy ass recumbent bike?

Ms. V. said...

I knew that would be a good idea. It always helps to have someone keep you accountable.

Heather said...

Accountability is good, and four runs a week/17 miles sounds pretty reasonable! If nothing else, cupcakes are always good pre-run fuel.

joyRuN said...

Besides an obligatory trip to the library...

Oh man, time for the quarterly conjugal visit to Glaven-land already?

I'm kidding! And only in my head, the more I type this out, the less sense it makes, but I got nothing else because my motivation's plummeting in a non-inspirational way, so I can't help you there.

Count of Monte Christo said...

Very good way to keep motivated :-D That will make for an interesting set of posts! Do keep us posted.

Still you've been keeping very busy and that is good. Baking stuff can never be a bad thing.

Wish I had the same circumstance. My social life has been surgically removed by my boss, so it was a trade-off between spending time with the Missus and running :-D

chia said...

Rest is a happy thing :-). Now go kick some butt!

The Laminator said...

Ooooh, I'm thinking the winner should get to "interview" the loser in a certain podcast we love and ask him any question she wants (yeah, because we all know who's NOT going to win!)

This should be fun! Great idea for motivation!

MCM Mama said...

Should be some interesting motivation. Have fun!

And don't knock the 5 mile walk. At least you were walking and not eating the cupcakes...

footfeathers said...

We could just have a contest to see who can watch the most movies in a week...

You either like running or you don't. Lack of motivation can occur with anything, even if you like it. I usually fall into a slump with some sort of injury or sickness. When I think about what I'm unmotivated about, it's usually initiating the run. Once I get beyond the dressing and walking out the door, the act of running is as good as always. That being said, facilitate the act of getting ready by having your outfit along with socks tucked into shoes neatly stacked in a little pile for your next run.

Think about the solid 3.5 lbs of fat you'll lose in one month by keeping to your 4 days per week schedule.

If that all fails, then I'll be happy to have the movie competition with you.

Roisin said...

Are you procrastinating thinking about what the prize for the best non-procrastinator should be?

That made my head hurt!

Good luck. Unfortunately, when I get in a rut, I find that the only thing that motivates me is the bathroom scale. And I HATE admitting that!

Jamie said...

Shame and embarrassment are a good enough motivator for me! Sounds like fun - good luck!

Jamie said...

Shame and embarrassment are a good enough motivator for me! Sounds like fun - good luck!

Vava said...

Maybe motivation comes in vitamin form? Like "ManTheF*ckUp"? And can you tell me where I can buy this elixir - in calf-specific mixture if at all possible.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Hey, sister, I come back here to check up on how you're doing and I ... I see all these derogatory comments being made at my expense!1! Whatever happened to the bloggers' code of using the comments area for making fun of the blog owner, in this case you, Ms. Chesty McBoobnik?

Sorry! Sorry - that was mean-spirited.

Still, I hope you accidentally walk in on your flatmates having sex and are struck BLIND for allowing these hurtful comments!

See, even Thunder Thighs Herself, Teh Marcy, left me alone, God Bless her Kankles! She, at least, is a class act!

FLATOUT JIM said...

HMMM Motivation, and Procastination. I have some ideas, but I'll get back to you on it later.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I try to make it a policy never to turn to Razz but I understand your motivation. :D

Run For Life said...

The lack of motivation must have been going around the running community this past week or so, haha.