Have To Do vs Want To Do

I wrote back in August  that it is frustrating when things I have to do get in the way of things I want, and enjoy, to do. Well I had a bit of that today and as I result I am writing this post at what should be my bed time. My day started out with a swim – I chose to swim 2,000 meters as I am focusing more and more right now on my running. I don’t want to wear myself down from swimming or cycling. The swim workout was good – outside of my warm up and recovery sets I swam a total of 7 x 100 meter repeats and all but two were within 1:58 and 1:59. The other two were 2:00 on the nose. I was not focusing on speed as much as consistency and endurance. I want to build my strength to where I am able to swim 2:00 or better per 100 meters for long distances. So the morning workout went well.

As my morning progressed I hit a few snags but I am dealing with it well. What I had forgotten was I had a seminar today close to downtown Cleveland from 2:00 until 7:00. I live in the far out suburbs that are borderline rural for a reason – I am not a fan of the congestion in the city. My office is about as far into town as I care to go – and this meeting was another 15 miles further into town. I looked at the agenda and decided to cut out after the speakers and before dinner. This was something I committed to do and I did benefit from it, but it did get in the way of what I really wanted to do – run. I am very fortunate to have a career that gives me flexibility and I have created a system where my time usually starts at 4:30. Tonight it was 6:00. And then I had to drive through rush hour (hours?) traffic to the gym.

Between the frustration of my schedule modification and my little morning snags, I had stress that needed to be burned. Here is where control and self discipline come in handy. My run was 50 to 70 minutes easy. I was a race horse chomping at the bit to take off and run my stress off. But no – I had to focus on staying in zone two. Well, maybe a little into zone three. Of course KISS was the first song on my iPod playing New York Groove. Oh I wanted to pick it up with the beat! Alas, I behaved and ran for a total of 60 minutes and five miles. The way I felt, I probably could have ran up to 7 miles in the same time. My heart rate would have been through the roof and my inhaler emptied though.

So back to the frustration of things I have to do getting in the way of things I want, and enjoy, to do. Work is something that has to come first as long as I want to continue to afford my lifestyle. But I also learned today that when I finally got to do what I want and enjoy to do – running – I still had to heed to something that was in my best interest to do. Run slow despite my wanting to burn that treadmill up. There is a method to what my trainer has set up for me. Exercising not just my body, but also my discipline to adhere to the plan, will help me in the long run to enjoy what I love to do even more.

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  1. This is why I choose not to race – sometimes Daddy’s just gotta fly – and I’ll be damned if anything is gonna get it the way of that… Gotta love that discipline though. Way to reign it in.

  2. Oh how I DON’T miss traffic… I’m also very fortunate to work with a group and be in a role to have some flexibility throughout the week and its great to see that when you’re thrown off your game your still able to stick to the plan. I’m sure the race will be a blast.

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