Those of you who follow me for a while now, know I lose my mojo for working out every now and then. Guess what: I’ve seemed to have lost it again these past few days.
Yesterday I had planned to do a short run although I still wasn’t feeling a 100%. I put on my running clothes, stepped outside the door, walked for 2 minutes when it started to rain hard. I turned around and went home, took my clothes off and went back to bed and didn’t do much more the entire day.
Today I planned to make up for that run but I got stuck in traffic on the way home, had to pick up Bella at the doggy day care and by the time I got home I had lost all my joy to go running and I didn’t go.
I’m someone to whom running/exercising isn’t natural. There are days when it all goes smoothly and I really look forward en enjoy my work out but there are also days like yesterday and today when I just don’t have enough self-discipline and motivation to work out. It’s just who I am and it’s difficult to change myself.
My workout plan till April next year when I plan to run my first half marathon. Only the white days are rest days and you can see I haven’t crossed off all my workouts last week. I’m really going to give it a try to cross off all my workouts from now on. Starting with Pilates tomorrow night.
What do you do when you lose your mojo for running or working out, or maybe this never happens to you? Give me a strategy for tackling this if you have one.
Craving for eggs, so eggs with bacon on bread.
Made an oven dish of pork meat with mushrooms and roasted potatoes with Italian herbs and olive oil to go with it.
Mashed potatoes with raw endive, a little bit of bacon, onion and walnuts.
Daily summary Saturday October 23th:
Watching: True blood and Two and a half men.
Reading: Runner’s World (Dutch issue) and a cookbook.
News of the day:
Wheel of Energy: When the girlfriend of Richard Bottram got long cancer he sold his company to be there for her 100%. She died in 2005 and ever since he’s dedicating his life to raise money for cancer research. In 2006 and 2007 he ran almost everyday a marathon for “Run against cancer”. Now there is the wheel of energy. The wheel is situated at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and will spin for 365 days. There can be 3 runners at the same time running in the wheel. Everybody who wants to run it and donate for cancer research can make reservations for a spot.
Shoes of the day:
Daily summary Sunday October 24th:
Watching: The Tudors, Desperate housewives and a movie “De hel van ‘63” (The hell of 1963).
This is a Dutch movie about the “Elfstedentocht” (Eleven Cities Tour) in 1963. It was about 4 young people who participated in this tour back in 1963 when this tour was one of the hardest ever. The movie was okay like a Dutch movie can be. There aren’t much Dutch movies that are very good in my opinion.
Reading: Runner’s World (Dutch issue) and cookbook “Jamie’s 30 minutes meals”.
News of the day:
Let me tell you about the “Elfstedentocht”
The “Elfstedentocht” is the worlds largest and longest skating competition and is held irregularly in one of our provinces “Friesland”. The tour, almost 200 km (124 miles) in length, is conducted on frozen canals, rivers and lakes between the eleven historic Frisian cities. The tour is not held every year, mostly because not every Dutch winter permits skating on natural ice. The last editions were in 1985, 1986 and 1997. Adding to that, the tour currently features about 15,000 amateur skaters taking part, putting high requirements on the quality of the ice. There is a stated regulatory requirement for the race to take place that the ice must be (and remain at) a minimum thickness of 15 centimetres along the entirety of the course. Since the Elfstedentocht is such a rare occurrence, its declaration creates excitement all over the country. As soon as a few days pass with sub-zero temperatures, the media start speculating about the chances for an Elfstedentocht. There are likely to be points along the route where the ice is too thin to allow mass skating, or where there is some other problem (e.g., there is actually an organisation “Committee Elfsteden Nee” that is opposed to the race and sabotaged the route in 1997 by laying salt on the ice at one place). These are called “kluning points” (from West Frisian klúnje) and the skaters walk on their skates to the next stretch of good ice. In 1997 ice-transplantation was introduced to strengthen weak places in the ice, for instance under bridges.
In 1963, only 1% of the contestants finished the race, due to the extremely low temperatures -18°C and a harsh eastern wind.
In 1986 the Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander participated in the Elfstedentocht, under the name W.A. van Buren.
Shoes of the day: Same as Saturday