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  1. Interesting. I think I need to think about this. With exercise it’s easy, when I feel a strain, I change up what I do for next time, so as not to inflame the area. In other things, I’m not so sure…food for thought. #MLSTL

    • It’s good to listen to your body, Lydia. In physical activity and in other matters of life. I find that my “gut” will usually steer me in the right direction. But sometimes my head tries to trick me into thinking it’s protecting me when what I really need is to stretch myself. Or I think I’m tired when what I really need is to kick it into high gear for a bit or try something new…get engaged. That’s where it gets tricky and some self-reflection on motivation is useful. For me at least.

  2. I err on the side of pushing through. While I’ve never been a runner (except for that time my bestie and I made a booking under the influence & signed up for a 10km run in Sydney – the WORST few months of my life…exaggeration much) there are days when I’m not feeling the love for my walks – especially if its hill walk day. I do the whole “I’ll do it for 10 minutes and if I’m still not feeling it I’ll go home” thing…which is generally enough to keep me going. #MLSTL

    • That’s a good approach, Joanne. I’ve done the 10 minute commitment on occasion, and as you said, typically just getting started gives you the momentum to carry on. There have been a few times when I haven’t felt like doing the activity I had planned, and I’ll compromise. Okay, you don’t feel like running? How about we ride the stationary bike and read a book for 30 minutes. (Yes, that’s how I talk to myself!) I hope you enjoy your week and get out walking!

  3. Christie as I’m getting older I’m learning to just be with how I feel on the day. This is particularly so during corona virus times. I’m feeling less motivated to push myself too hard. Just trying to be kinder to myself.Stay safe x #MLSTL

    • Yes, Jennifer, extra kindness is in order during these extraordinary times. I find it helps to remind myself of my “why.” Why am I running? Is it because I want to have healthy heart and lungs? I believe I can accomplish that with a different level of intensity than what would be required if my “why” is to win a race (which it is not). Maybe my reason for running is to be out on the trail on a beautiful day. That can be accomplished with a brisk walk–and maybe more effectively. Take care and stay safe.

  4. Hi Christie, I hear you. I’ve been running solo without my Saturday Sisters and it has been tough going trying to run the longer runs. I’m not really sure why but like you lately if I haven’t been ‘feeling’ it I’ve just done what I can and been happy that I at least have gone for a run rather than sitting at home. We are still training for hopefully some events towards the end of the year. I’m listening to my body more these days and enjoying looking at my beautiful ocean as I run rather than pushing for a time or distance. Thanks for linking up at #MSLTL and good for you in getting out for a run. xx

    • Thank you Sue. I agree with you that it’s important to appreciate what we do accomplish and not berate ourselves for not doing more. I am signed up for a 10K in September, and I’m holding out hope that it will take place. Before too long, I’ll start training in earnest. Right now, I’m just trying to ease back into running. I haven’t done it consistently for a while. You do have some beautiful views. Please keep sharing them with us on social media. I was impressed with your burpees the other day! Take care and stay safe!

  5. I tend to be a huge perfectionist and once that manifested itself as I attempted to be an overachiever, but now I’m just apathetic. I keep saying I want to do things and not doing them. Or starting something and giving up because it feels like it’s too much effort, too hard or I might just not be good at it.

    I’m trying to make some changes though and often get stuck between ‘needing’ to push myself out of my comfort (lazy) zone vs being gentle on myself and forgiving….

    • Oh yes, Deborah, I can relate. That’s the danger of being a perfectionist…sometimes it’s all too much, but we have a hard time allowing ourselves to do anything that isn’t all in. It’s all or nothing. Run a marathon at top speed or lie on the couch. I have really been working on allowing myself to be a beginner and not good at something…enjoying the learning and experimenting without worrying about achievement. Doing things for fun, rather than accomplishment. Good luck with the changes you are trying to make. Enjoy the process!

  6. Hi Christie, that is an interesting question. I would say that overall in life, I tend to push. In physical pursuits however, I tend to pull back. I rarely feel confident in myself physically, I can talk myself out of physical activity easily. I need to rethink that!

    • Isn’t it interesting, Michele, that we can be confident in some aspects of ourselves and yet discount other abilities? For most of my life, the story I told myself was that I am weak, uncoordinated, and not athletic. Well, it’s probably because I never really tried. My parents weren’t into sports, and never encouraged me in that direction. Also, I’m an introvert and a bit of an overachiever, so why would I do something I might not be good at with a group of people in front of spectators! Eventually, I tried running and hiking. Turns out I enjoy the shared experience with other runners and hikers, when their success doesn’t depend on how I perform, when the only one who cares how I finish is me.

  7. You lost me for a moment with “isn’t running meant to be enjoyable?” because for the life of me I’ve never found running enjoyable and have always envied those who do! But back on topic, I think as we reach Midlife we start realizing that it’s okay to be kinder to ourselves and to choose to keep moving forward, but maybe at a steadier pace rather than rushing in and regretting it. I’m glad you found your balance.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

    • That’s funny, Leanne, because I was thinking about you when I wrote that line! Moving forward at a steady pace is a good way to think of it. And, of course, kinder is always better.

  8. I get what you mean Christie and feel much the same. It’s worth asking ourselves the question, why are we doing this and am I enjoying it? I can’t run at the moment due to a knee issue but I can ride my bike so I’m switching to things I can do that don’t hurt instead of doing myself more damage by pushing on! It’s a form of self care and at the moment I am trying to be kinder to myself too! Take care #mlstl

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying your bike, Deb. I’ve never felt particularly comfortable on a bike for some reason. I ride my stationary bike while I read a good book! 🙂

  9. Hi Christie, I tend to go on instinct and self-reflection as well. I check in with my mind, body, and spirit a few times each day, and regroup if necessary. I usually exercise the first thing in the morning, but am trying to add a short exercise (yoga) time later in the day as well. I check my motives, when I feel resistant to doing something. It may be inner guidance keeping me from overdoing it or if I’m not ready to push through yet. I’m letting that be okay. Visiting you at #MLSTL and will share on sm.

    • It sounds like you are well in tune with yourself, Nancy. I suspect not many people take the opportunity to check in with your mind, body, and spirit every day. I’m inspired to follow suit. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to share your methods with us.

      • I appreciate the validation Christie. I sense from what you write and how self-reflective you are, you probably do this already. Think we all need to give ourselves a big dose of self-compassion. We are going through unusual times.

  10. Christie, This made me think about my morning yoga. Each morning I need to decide if I’m going to cue up a “tough” sequence (more like cardio and strength training) or a relaxing easy sequence (stretch and breath). I think I allow my subconscious it’s voice! Not sure if that is instinct or not.

  11. I really love to hear that you are cutting yourself some slack and pulling back when you feel like it and pushing when you want to. What that reminds me of is the HIT that I tend to love because it allows me to have some rest and then allows me to push.

    When do I push myself? Every time I set an intention to go swimming…even though I love swimming, it’s that initial dive in that always makes me a bit hesitant. Once I feel the cold water and push past it, I usually do okay. I have a little pool in my backyard that I can do some laps in, but it’s not heated so I wait for weather to warm up; however, I have swam in it when it’s only 68* just to see if I could do it. Now that was a bit of a challenge but I did it.

    Most times I simply travel the middle way, not too extreme, not too lazy.

    All best,
    Susan Grace

    • Hello Susan. I love the HIT workouts too. My usual Orangetheory Fitness workouts are interval training–treadmill, rower, and weights. I love that combination and the moving back and forth. I’ll be happy when I can get back in the gym, but I’m nervous too. Swimming sounds like a great alternative right now. Of course, 68 degrees would be a challenge. The middle way sounds like a good place to be. Take care and stay safe!

    • Thanks Enda. Freeing is a good choice of words. Allowing ourselves to be in the moment and respond to what feels right is freeing. As you say, the wisdom lies in knowing the difference, and for that we have to be in tune with ourselves and willing to listen.

  12. Hi Christie, Over the years I have played with the run/walk intervals. I ran a LOT years ago, and I was always in pain. I do a mixture of different speeds of walking now and my body thanks me for this. And yes, soaking in our surroundings. A great post, Christie! I am now heading out for my before it gets dark walk. Take care.

    • It definitely pays to listen to your body, and if running hurts you, I”m glad you gave it up. I’ve been lucky that way so far. Even when I am at my peak (which is nowhere close to elite status), I always work in walk intervals. I enjoy it more, and I can go farther. Right now, I’m walking almost as much as running, and I would like to push past that point. I trust you enjoyed your walk!

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