As you may or may not know I am in the middle... day 22 to be exact... of my August Mile-a-Day Challenge. (follow on my blog)
My reasons for this challenge are a mile long, but the main reason I believe, is to prove to myself that I can do it. To see something like this through til the end. To keep a promise to myself. To hold myself to this challenge, to running every day.
And that is hard!
It is so easy to let myself off the hook.
It is so easy to break a little promise to myself.
And that is why accountability is KEY.
Right now I have not just a good excuse to put my challenge on hold, I have a GREAT excuse. Due to wildfires up north the air quality here is deemed 'Unhealthy'. That means that we all need to stay inside to protect our bodies against the pollutants in the air. What that REALLY means is, hello excuse! I don't have to run my mile...I actually can't run my miles, the Google tells me I shouldn't.
So, I post my predicament on social.
My girlfriend messages me right away. "Come be my free guest tomorrow morning @Planet Fitness & I'll run your mile with you!"
Of course I will get up at 4:30 in the morning. Of course I will run on the treadmill (which I hate). Of course I will run my mile with you.
If my girlfriend hadn't messaged me I would have totally let myself off the hook. I would have used this excuse to put my challenge on hold. I mean, it's a really is a great excuse.
But accountability came through for me.
And after running 3 miles on the treadmill at 5:00 this morning....
...I realized that there is always another option.
...that there is always a Plan B.
...that if there is a will there is a way.
...and that having an accountability partner is the bomb.
What area's are you letting yourself off the hook? Is there a Plan B that you may not be considering?