No race for me

My thoughts are all over the place today. In the last week I’ve had a couple of conversations and done some thinking and read a couple of blogs and set some goals.

My first decision is that I am not running the 10k this Sunday. I’ve been going back and forth since I know my running isn’t strong enough to PR right now. I’m not big into racing anyway, so it’s hard to convince myself to pay for one just to run it without a real goal for the race. I’ve always said I will stop or change something if I start disliking runs. Forcing a race I’m not into seems a waste of time and money.

An increasingly busy weekend of meetings at the yoga studio and church sealed the deal. So! I’m free to keep doing the runs and workouts I enjoy right now.

This week’s motivation is simple, classic workout inspiration. You all know my pet peeves about guilt-laden body-shaming #fitspo. {If not, read When motivation hurts and What is your “pinspiration” really saying?} When looking through fitness motivational images, I ask a couple of questions:

• Does the image make me like myself / feel good about myself?
• Would I give this advice to someone else / my child / a friend?
• If it’s a health tip, is it something my doctor would recommend?

Each of us respond differently to motivation or are sensitive in different ways, but I try my best to keep this blog guilt-free and shame-free. And I’m working on this stuff myself every single day. Let’s respect and appreciate where we are now while working hard toward our next goals. Happy Monday!

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8 Responses to No race for me

  1. I agree, you shouldn’t force a race just because. Good for you for not doing it! I’m also with you on motivation is different for everybody. I don’t get too upset about some of the #fitspo stuff that’s out there because I workout because I love it! The endorphins, the sweat, the happy. But that’s just me!
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    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Have you seen the graphic of a rhino on a treadmill looking at a picture of a unicorn for motivation? That ones strikes me a great example of how we respond to motivation differently. I automatically hate it because it is, obviously, unrealistic for a rhino to become a unicorn. Ha! But some people appreciate the silliness of it and the potential negative message doesn’t bother them. I think you make a great point about being grounded in a positive/healthy reason why YOU workout… and the rest of #fitspo you can take or leave.

  2. Amanda says:

    I love these motivators! I don’t blame you for not doing the race. I backed down from a shorter distance last weekend because my heart just wasn’t in it and well my knee wasn’t doing all that great. Thanks for the post.

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Thanks for the support! Sometimes I feel like I can’t *really* call myself a runner if I don’t love doing races. Silly, I know. Hope your knee feels better! I am far too familiar with the struggle of keeping knees healthy. Yoga, or other leg-strengthening work, helped me a ton.

  3. It sounds like you’ve made the perfect choice for you! It is so hard to race when you are just not that into it or having a negative attitude. I was injured last fall yet still forced some races anyways and had a completely miserable time, if I had it to do over again I would have focused on healing my body and doing more of what I loved. There is always time to get back to running!

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