Week of December 1

This week started out with a tour of Maryland’s finest counties, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Garrett and finished off with Prince George’s county. Throw in an eight hour deposition on Wednesday, and I can see why I was exhausted in the early part of this week. Traveling that much by car is pretty draining. Especially when it means I have to be up early to leave in the morning and travel an hour or two (or three in the case of Garrett County).

Keeping motivation going after a holiday is always difficult, but throw in travel and early morning commutes, and its a recipe for excuses for skipping runs. But, come friday, I finally got out the door.

This weekend was going to be a bit busy, started with a chill 11.5 miler through Patapsco State Park with Ryan, Brennan, and Terrence. After a quick bite at the clubhouse (THB) it was time for the dog park then a wonderful trip to White Marsh (ugh, I hate shopping).

But, before that, we had to take the yearly trip to visit Santa Clause. Layla is and always has been afraid of Santa, and clearly this year, she is still afraid.

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Molly had a class, so I snuck in some down time before the City Glow Run.

So, the City Glow Run was set up by the November Project. The November Project is a “FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in multiple cities in across four time zones in North America, the movement is using a simple sense of accountability (verbal) to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving.” This is taken from their website, and it holds pretty true. I’ve been twice before and it seemed like a good way to shake things up.

So, after annoying Molly, she finally gave in and decided to come along with me. I also recruited Ryan and Brennan, and it helped that Brennan’s friend Sarah was going as well, so we had a little group ready to run.

First, let me describe what this actually was. It was set up to be a 3.5 mile run around the city, starting from Rash Field, then after 4 workouts spread through tout he city, finishing at Lululemon. But the kicker was that we were supposed to GLOW, and after picking up glow sticks from 5 below, we grabbed the dog, threw some glow sticks around the dog’s collar, and headed to Rash Field.

So after meeting with Ryan, Brennan, and Sarah, we started bouncing, and rallying, then we all took off. I’m guessing there were 100-120 people out there will us in the cold and rain, just enjoying bringing some fun to baltimore city. We eventually got to the end which finished at Lululemon with beers, chips, salsa, and donuts.

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It was pretty fun and I’m glad everyone came with me and Molly. So, the next day we went to go get our Christmas tree, with a little help from the dog.

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Even though I didn’t get a chance to run today, it was still a great end to a great week. Now, next week’s goals are to run 50 miles, strength train three times, and swim three times. Lets see how it goes.

By Terry Decker Posted in running

Where did my motivation go?

For the past two weeks I’ve been at 40+ miles each week, but since I’ve gotten back from New Jersey, I’ve had zero motivation. Just nothing. I’ve been really busy with work since I got back home, but usually that doesn’t completely deter me from working out. Not sure what is going on. Hopefully it doesn’t last.

By Terry Decker Posted in running

It’s been a while

I know I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been quite busy recently. In the past two months I’ve gotten married and purchased a house. It’s not the events themselves that pose a problem, it’s the preparation.

Attempting to buy a house and planning a wedding is quite stressful (I don’t know how my wife did it). But regardless of that, my training has been inconsistent at best. I can say it’s because of this or that, but the real reason is because I have just not had the motivation. As a result, my fitness dropped significantly.

As of now, I’ve been doing well. Where I’ve gotten this motivation, I don’t know. But I hope it will stick around for a while.

By Terry Decker Posted in running

The harsh truth.

I’m fat. I’m not obese or anything like that, but I’m much larger than I was last year and much fatter than I should be.

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The pictures you see above are pictures of the belly I’ve been carrying around for the better part of six months. Shocked? You shouldn’t be, because I’m not. I’ve been using every excuse in the book to help “explain” why I’ve been skipping going out for runs, riding the trainer, swimming, and strength training. It’s too cold, I’m tired, I’ll go tomorrow, it’s raining, I woke up late, work ran a bit late, we are traveling, it’s the holidays, and on, and on, and on.

The truth? I’m LAZY. Honestly. At the end of the day, I make every excuse I can to not exercise just so I can sit on my ass and watch TV. To top or off, my diet isn’t stellar either. All during the week I will eat healthy, not go out, and by Wednesday I will start having great workouts, but come Friday, I get LAZY again, and then a pizza is ordered. Now don’t get me wrong, pizza isn’t terrible for you as long as you eat it in moderation. I’m not doing that. I eat 4-5 slices without even thinking. Next thing I know, I’m craving more pizza or some other greasy, delicious, bad-for-you food and I think, well, I ran a few extra miles, I can eat an entire cheesesteak with fries and a soda because that all evens out, right?

Now I’ve eaten like shit for Friday-Sunday, most likely did some boozing on Saturday, and now on Monday I just can’t figure out why I feel like crap and my run or whatever is terrible. Hmmmmm, I wonder….

Look, I know what is wrong and I know what I need to do to fix it. I need to stop eating shitty and drinking on the weekends, I need to man up and stop skipping workouts. Those two adjustments will fix the protruding gut you see above.

So I’m writing this and posting these embarrassing pictures in an attempt to hold myself accountable for my actions. It’s time I get serious with what I want to accomplish this and next year. And it’s time I do something about it.

I do think I know why the excuses started. My thinking changed when I was training for the marathon last year. I started to think of running as something I HAD to do instead of as something I GET to do. I need to change my way of thinking and realize that running is a gift. It’s my play time. It’s the only time of the day when I don’t have to think about work or the wedding or the house or what I need to do that day or the next. It’s my escape, and I truly love to do it. Everything I do, swim, run, ride the bike, I should cherish, because I may not be able to do it tomorrow.

Lets hope this helps.

By Terry Decker Posted in running