How to Overcome Self-Sabotage while Traveling

How to Overcome Self-Sabotage while Traveling

Greetings from Bucharest!

I’m fresh off an evening run and felt compelled to write this post immediately. Why? Because my routine changed, the conditions changed, and I was starting to let running take a back seat. And from past experience, I recognized that this was a huge warning sign. It also doesn’t help that I’m annoyingly picky when it comes to running as I only like ideal conditions. I mean, who doesn’t right? The early morning dewy air, a cool 60 degrees, maybe a slight overcast, and on a tried-and-true trail is the absolute best!

But everything about my “conditions” was not ideal. I’m in a new country, I don’t know my way around, and it’s hot and humid. Yes, these are all lame excuses but that didn’t stop me from trying to rationalize why I shouldn’t run today. But I knew that if I allowed myself to make these excuses like I have in years past, I would eventually find myself getting nudged off course.

Accountability Matters

This was one of those times when accountability kicked in at the right time. I don’t exactly know why being accountable to someone else is so powerful, but it is, and I’m glad for it. What kept me from missing my run was reaching out to a friend, FFTFL teammate and FFTFL’s Head Coach, Rik. We check-in with each other almost daily to make sure we’re staying on course, or rather, I’m staying on course. I can be the problematic one of this accountability duo. LOL!

I texted Rik to tell him I’m leaving work and heading back to the hotel to run on the treadmill. I thought detailing out the plan would help somehow… Plus, he already knows I don’t like running in the evenings. And the last time I said I was going to run in the evening, I didn’t, so I wasn’t going to lie this time!

Try Listening to a Podcast

The run itself felt easy enough but also seemed unusually long. I’m convinced the distance on the treadmill display never really moves! I decided the music I was playing wasn’t going to cut it this time and switched to a podcast. If you guys haven’t tried listening to a podcast during a run, I highly recommend it! When I start to struggle, listening to a story shifts my focus away and my legs naturally go into auto pilot mode.

Change Your Perspective

Before I knew it, I was done, and that felt incredibly satisfying. Wins come in different forms and this time it came in the form of recognizing that I wasn’t going to let the change in my environment affect the goals I had set out to do. The truth is, we’re constantly hit with distractions and changes in life, but it’s how you respond that makes the biggest difference.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Talk soon.


Follow My Marathon Journey

I’ll be chronicling my journey back to the finish line and I hope you’ll join me! And if any of you out there are looking for a little impulse in your life, I will happily volunteer to give you a little nudge. We can do this together!

Ada Wong was an original FFTFL Team member Runner#4. Learn more about her original journey and being on The Biggest Loser. 

Back to the Finish Line

Back to the Finish Line

Woman Smiling Ada WongHi Everyone! Ada Wong, here. I know I’ve been pretty quiet these past few years and I guess you could say life has kept me busy! Anyway, I’m ready to head back to the finish line and thought reconnecting with this amazing community would be a great place to start!

From Ragnar to IronMan

So what have I been up to? Well, right around the time I was running Ragnar with the team, I was also in the middle of training for an Ironman which the at the time, had no idea how I was going to pull that off! The thing about me is that I’m pretty impulsive. I always sign up to do things on a whim and tell myself I’ll figure it out as I go along. I know that doesn’t always sound like the right approach but for me, it’s worked out more often than not. Impulse gives me courage so without it, I would be too afraid to accomplish anything. My friends (lovingly) call me a scaredy cat, and I don’t disagree. 

Anyway, fast forward to the Ironman…I did it, yay! And from that point on, my running came to a screeching halt. It started as, “oh, I just finished an Ironman and I need a recover to… there aren’t any races in my near future so, why run?” When I finally decided to go on a fun run, I found it to be 100X more difficult than I remembered. I was back at square one again and stayed there for a very long time.

What’s Next?

A few months ago my friends asked if I wanted to run the Chicago Marathon, so naturally, I said yes without giving it much thought. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicago Marathon is a lottery and you first have to sign up to see if you get selected. I was secretly hoping I wouldn’t.

When I received the notification several months later, I didn’t have to read past the first word. It said, congratulations! I decided it was a sign that I should jump back into running. I remember loving the sport and I want to feel that joy again. So here I am again, at square one, taking it one mile at a time.

Follow My Marathon Journey

I’ll be chronicling my journey back to the finish line and I hope you’ll join me! And if any of you out there are looking for a little impulse in your life, I will happily volunteer to give you a little nudge. We can do this together!

I look forward to connecting with all you. Talk soon!

Ada Wong was an original FFTFL Team member Runner#4. Learn more about her original journey and being on The Biggest Loser.