What Keeps You Accountable?

So I got out yesterday for an awesome #RUNch (lunch time run):

Man ” you never realise how badly you need a fitness break until you return from one. When I ran the Toronto Challenge there a few weeks back every muscle in my body was screaming at me, with my hamstrings, piriformis and quads screaming the loudest. I was breaking down and had I kept pushing I ‘m sure I would have been forced into a much longer break to nurse some injuries.

Thankfully I listened to my body.

I never used to be very good at that. When I was younger I thought I was invincible ” I would run and run until I was injured and forced to take a big break. Thankfully I’ve smartened up, though I don’t think it’s because of my age (getting close to 40 and am totally not ashamed to share that with you), but more because of experience. I’ve been running long enough to be able to tell when I ‘m breaking down. It’s like I’ve taken mental notes of how my body felt BEFORE I got injured. I think I even wrote about how injuries make you better a few years ago. It really is true ” Injuries make you train smarter.

So yesterday’s run was nice. I didn ‘t pay attention to my pace, I just ran and enjoyed the beautiful flowers at the park:


I was getting bored of the park before my break, but over the past two weeks the flowers have really grown and have filled in the gardens there. I wonder if I would have even noticed that if I was running there almost everyday? Who knows, but I can’t wait to check them out again on my next run on Friday. (I have to wait until Friday because of my new triathlon schedule).

Ok ” I don’t have much else to say, except that it feels good to be back. Back running and even back blogging ” I had no idea that running and exercising helped me find things to write about. I was questioning why I always put so much pressure on myself to write blog posts, but I’ve found my answer: It keeps me accountable. I run/exercise so that I have stuff to write about. Knowing I really should write something here on the ol’ blog reminds me that I should be working out and training, yanno, so I have more to write about.

Happy Training!

Question/Sharing: What keeps you accountable?


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  • Tara Burner
    June 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

    awesome to enjoying your run! accountability for me = knowing my goals I want to accomplish – of course it doesnt mean I dont waiver and temporarily stray 🙁

  • Dave E Wilkes
    June 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Hi Janice
    I feel really good that you are taking “time out” during your runs to enjoy your surroundings and to “smell the roses” etc

    Listening to your body and recognising the signs future signals for impending problems is a wonderful and a necessary skill to have.

    Yep, I can understand why you are feeling good and feeling fresher within yourself.
    Happy Training to you to!

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    June 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Accountability for me = setting monthly goals, which is a new strategy for me. I set a goal to run 5K on the treadmill this month (I’m NOT a runner) … and now I’ve done two! Goals definitely help me out

  • Kerri O
    June 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    You know, it’s funny my blog keeps me accountable. I’ve realized if I’m not blogging about what I’m doing I don’t pay as close attention. For now it’s a crutch I guess. Keeps me mindful, but hey. Whatever works.

  • RunToTheFinish
    June 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    oddly i really only need me to be accountable to for exercise…i enjoy it and that’s enough for me. However pushing myself really hard well the blog has helped with that because I want to report progress!

  • Scott
    June 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    My blog keeps me accountable! It’s the main reason I started it. Now that I’ve got a bit of a following, I feel like I need to lead by example.

  • Miz
    June 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Im so odd.

  • Amber K
    June 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I think it’s funny that we all seem to ignore our body’s warning signs until we hit some age where we just start listening to it again. So weird! Glad you were able to get back into the running spirit. 🙂

  • Miz
    July 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    checking back in on you.
    apparently youre accountable to me? 🙂

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      July 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Too funny. I debated drafting a post last night about our busy active weekend, but settled instead into cuddling with the hubby and watching Juno. Living my priorities 🙂

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