Confessions of a Training Slacker

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.

- Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ


We all have our moments of weakness.

Cue a week that includes working late on job #1, nights with job #2, errands to catch up on, being a little too preoccupied with the 1st place (!!!) Braves, and an inability to get up before 7am.

(Admission is step one, right?)

I, Lauren, have not exercised in 4 straight days. In the middle of prime training time. And I am using some fairly lame excuses for the duration. Ugh. Coming home to a bottle of Shiraz instead of a run last night didn’t help (something I am unabashedly capable of consuming by my lonesome).

Sometimes I just lack that normal mental tenacity that keeps me on track. It’s strange – I know I’ve been busy, but seriously – what the heck have I done the past few days?! I haven’t been getting up early to train before work when I know I have busy evenings ahead. And certainly writing about training, or reflecting on last weekend’s great exercise isn’t getting me anywhere today.

I’m pulling myself up by my bootstraps today. Gotta get out of the rut and get moving. Putting a bike ride on tap today, a run tomorrow, and a ride/run combo workout in on Sunday. Admission is step one, after all…

Is slacker-dom overtaking your plans? How is your training going?

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June 4th, 2010
9:40 am

Aside from the fact we have the same name, this post is eerily creepy and truthful. I swear I had this exact same conversation (more or less) with MYSELF. Slacker-dom, exhaustion, adjustment to warmer temps, WORK, BAD WORK DAYS and the bottle of wine waiting for me when I get home, etc. All of these things collaborate against me in my training endeavors. Admission is the first step, but moving on from it is the next. How does one break the cycle???

Lauren Dieterich

June 4th, 2010
10:47 am

First impulse is to blame my training partner who is on vacation. But in reality I do something drastic like strand myself somewhere with no mode of transportation other than a bike or running shoes, so it forces me to have a quick attitude change. Ice cream doesn’t help motivate – I did try that one out just to make sure.

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June 4th, 2010
12:45 pm

Here is a good motivator I use with my twin brother. We are both training for the same races (PTRR and the Marine Corps Marathon), but live 300 miles apart. Since we can’t use peer pressure to actually run together, we both bought those Garmin GPS watches that can upload your run data to a password protected web site. So, we exchanged passwords and can view each other’s run data at any time to keep the pressure on. Of course that doesn’t prevent a certain cheater from strapping the watch on and claiming a bike ride/car ride to be a run…


June 4th, 2010
3:07 pm

I use a training log and plan out my mileage months in advance. I looked through last year’s Peachtree training log and notice I slacked off a little due to vacations, work, injuries, and such. This year I am sticking to my plan and I am noticing in a difference in my 5k and 10k times.

Gen Neyland

June 4th, 2010
3:38 pm

We all need and benefit from intervention. I’ll sit for a session or two with an adult beverage and somewhere along the line, the guilt creeps in which forces me up the next morning to brave whatever awaits. As a morning runner, night-time runs rarely happen but this I will say : Nothing can beat a midnight run in 20 degree weather crunching along on snow covered, dimly lit pathways with a spritz of snow falling and the lure of a shot o’scotch once back at the shanty…The next best thing is 80 percent humidity at 9 AM and Gatorade a-calling. Right…


June 11th, 2010
8:11 pm

My running partner is on vacation too and when my alarm went off at 5:35 am Thursday morning I truly did not want to go running. The only thing that helped me break the “slacker cycle” is I focused solely on how excellent I would feel when I ran back up my driveway at the end of my run. I did and that feeling stayed with all day long. That being said, I am SO happy my running partner returns tomorrow!