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Time to Get DETERMINED!!!

on August 29, 2012

So, I came to a bit of a realization today…and I had some help from a fellow blogger. One of my favourite blogs to read is Running Haiku. All of her posts are in the form of a Haiku, and some of them are hilarious. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should.

Today’s haiku was about the struggle to get out of bed and get workouts in before you start your day. Be sure to click on the link above and it will take you right to the haiku. It hit home with me since I constantly struggle to get out of bed and run before work. I set my alarm, it goes off, I wake up, shut it off, and because I am so tired and not motivated, I just roll over and try to get another hour of sleep. Charla’s haiku was about winning the struggle. I commented on her haiku saying how impressed I was that she got up and did it, since I don’t usually. She replied back with something that hit home. She said I should stop waiting to become motivated and just be determined.


So, as of right now, I am no longer concerned with motivation. I am now just going to be determined. Determined to get my training runs completed. Determined to work up to running 8k without stopping. Determined to complete an 8k tempo run. Determined to run faster. Determined to finish the Niagara Falls Half Marathon in 2:30 or less.

I put my new found determination to the test tonight as I tackled my first hill training session of my half marathon training schedule. I really wasn’t looking forward to this run tonight, but I was determined to do it and despite wanting to stop on that last uphill run, I refused to quit. I think it helped a lot that I was running with my sister tonight. As you know, she is fast, and I just kept chasing her up that hill! In the end, with a short warm up run from where we parked at the Running Room to the hill, 5 runs up the hill, and a short cool down back to the car, we logged 5.68k in 43:33 for an average pace of 7:40/km. This pace included a bit of a walk once we got to the top of the hill and a bit of the way down before we ran down the hill, and a short walk before we started our next lap back up that hill. All in all, I am pretty pleased with that.

Here is what the hill laps looked like:
Hill 1: 2:42:45 429m. 6:21/km
Hill 2: 3:01:65 431m. 7:02/km
Hill 3: 3:02:68 431m. 7:04/km
Hill 4: 2:56:27 425m. 6:54/km
Hill 5: 2:56:02 428m. 6:51/km
The first trip up was my fastest, but I was impressed that I managed to improve my pace on my last 2 hills. I was tired, and feeling it, but I was determined to keep going!

So far, I’m liking this determination thing. I’m not waiting to be motivated anymore, I’m just going to be determined to do it!

Once my newly determined self got home from my run and showered up, it was time to sit my ass on the couch and watch tonight’s Big Brother episode. I won’t give it away in case you haven’t watched yet, but I will say that Dan has perhaps pulled off the biggest move in Big Brother history. The guy is a genius! I can’t wait to watch tomorrow night and see who gets the boot.

Alright, it’s late and time for bed. I hope your Wednesday was a good one.

Are you watching Big Brother?

Do you have a challenge that you are facing? Are you determined to succeed?


10 responses to “Time to Get DETERMINED!!!

  1. runninghaiku says:

    Great job! I’m reading this in bed because even though it’s only 9 here, I know I’ll be too tired to workout tomorrow after a day of watching kids for a friend so I am determined to get up at 4 to get my workout in before the day starts. And I am so not a morning person.

    The irony is I know I got that determination advice from you and your sister a while back. You guys are the ones who made me pause and realize I don’t have to like it and should stop waiting for the moment I want to do it and just be determined to get it done. I’ve never regretted a time when I got it done no matter how much I dreaded doing it. So, thanks for the motivation to have determination! 🙂


    • cathyo says:

      I used that determination again this morning. got up and did my 5k tempo run. didn’t want to, but was determined to get it done. and you’re right, it feel great to know its done and now I can sit on the couch guilt free tonight!


  2. runninghaiku says:

    Oh yeah… Being scared sh@tless about an upcoming event helps too.


  3. Great job on the hills 🙂 let’s do them together again next week…that way we are sure to get it done. And I’m super impressed that you actually got up this morning to run!

    Can’t wait for BB tonight, seriously, biggest move in BB history! I totally wanted him out…now I think he should win!


  4. […] So….I have become determined to run! I read a really great blog post this week over at My Pursuit Of Happiness and Skinny Jeans  about determination that sealed the deal for me. I just have it in my head that I am going to […]


  5. Great post! OK, game on food – I’m determined to eat clean every single day until my competition is over.



  6. Hi there,
    I was inspired to write my own post about determination. (But…not in haiku…)



    • cathyo says:

      That’s awesome, Lisa. You completely nailed the motivation vs determination. Many days my motivation is still lacking, but my determination to do it is certainly still there!


  7. […] Cathy from My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans […]


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