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DISTRACTED MUCH?

DISTRACTED MUCH?

    Really, didn't feel like blogging today. Nothing super exciting or interesting happened in the gym today, but that's the case most days so I figured I might as well just pick a topic and run with it. Recap since Tuesday's blog post: My legs really, really, really hate the treadmills in the dungeon. Like with a passion. Doesn't matter how slow I go or how much I try to convince myself that I'm running outside...it just does not work. But, daydreaming about random (or in most cases not so random) stuff and pretending I have people watching me run so I can't just half-ass things...totally works.

    It sounds counter intuitive. You would think that being super focused on your run/pacing/form would be the solution to getting used to the shitty treadmill in the dungeon and just having a better run in general. False. If I do that I end up just stressing out and panicking over how hard running not that far or fast feels and how that is clearly an indicator that I'm not in as good of shape as I think. Even when I hit all those upper body PRs on Monday, it helped tremendously to just distract myself from how sore I was or how scary the amount of weight I was attempting to move. At the same time, I feel like it is possible to be too distracted. Your form falls completely apart and you run the risk of falling off the treadmill, tripping over your own feet, or both.

    The amount of distraction that worked for me this morning was completely zoning out for either a good portion of a 3-4 minute song...or sometimes the whole song entirely. Except for if it was a good song that has a nice beat or really motivating lyrics. Anyway, being distracted helped me to not stare at the treadmill screen the entire time until I hit 3 miles or be super focused on how fast I was running. Still, nothing really compares to how distracted you're able to get when running outside...I mean aside from trying not to trip on the broken sidewalks/roads or getting hit by a car.

    This post is legit all over the place, so if this is the first post of this blog that you are reading...I apologize. Normally, these are far better organized and there is like some life altering take home message or inspirational crap. Back to positive distractions for getting you through those work outs that are really testing your dedication and determination. Think about whatever plans you have for the weekend, the people you're going to be spending quality time with. If you're an avid runner/gym goer like myself, you know that there is always a chance that someone is gonna ask about that stuff. And you know that there is no way in Hell you're going to want to admit to slacking off or letting the mind games get to you.

    Or maybe you are a shit ton of exciting plans this weekend and you pretend that you are legitimately running towards those plans. One thing that has worked for me in the past is to say to myself, "Caitlyn, if you don't run x distance at a reasonably hard pace, then you're not going to go out and do x, y, and z tonight/tomorrow/whenever." It also helps to pretend that someone who is super important to you is with you in the gym (or wherever it is you run/work out) and yelling words of encouragement. Like, if Thomas Rhett is standing in front of your treadmill and singing 'Craving You' you can't tell me that you're not gonna run until you literally cannot anymore.

    Obviously, I would not advocate running every single run distracted. 1. You wouldn't be progressing fitness wise and 2. You wouldn't be increasing your mental strength/ability to run the mile you're in without freaking out about how you're going to make it to the finish line. For me, having one run like today's every so often where I'm distracted probably like 90% of the time is okay. The rest of the runs: a. probably won't suck that much, b. won't all be runs where I'm really pushing myself to my limits. Getting a little distracted mid-run for a few minutes, even when you're trying to push the pace, isn't the end of the world. Running at an uncomfortable pace is so tough mentally, sometimes the distraction are needed, (even if they're just short ones) to really believe that you can hold that pace.

    Side note: Would not recommend trying to blog or write a paper or really anything like that while distracted. Because, if you've made it this far in this particular post, you know that it doesn't work out all that well.


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