Do you cheat when you run? Do you say you’ll run 5 km and then only do 4.9 km and call it a day?
I’ve been running sans husband all week since we are using a treadmill at our friends’ place. While there are many issues with running on a treadmill that I am discovering, one of the things that makes it difficult is that it’s too easy to stop early and not finish a 5-km or 10-km run (I’ve never done a 10-km run, but it sounds good, right?).
So, as I was struggling to finish my intervals yesterday I just wanted to press “stop,” and jump off the machine. Who would know that it was just 3 minutes until the end? Running with someone keeps me accountable. We don’t talk that much during running, because I think both of us are too focused on running, but having someone running with me keeps me going.
I guess I don’t have enough willpower on my own still. I’m the type who can’t not finish a bag of candy or who will get just one more cup of coffee even when I’m running late. My motto is “one more won’t kill me” – this applies to lasagna, a beer, chocolate, and my ultimate Kryptonite french fries (mmm…. french fries).
Of course, this is what got me to 113 kg in the first place – No willpower. I have to figure out how to train my mind so I don’t sabotage myself regarding food or exercise.
Funny enough, when my husband has been out of town and I’ve had to run in the park by myself I could do it, and I didn’t cheat. I finish the full time.
So, do you cheat?