Friday, February 18, 2011


Me:  "Are you kids doing your homework?"

Daughter:  "Don't you mean home-fun, Dad?"

Me:  "What??"

Daughter:  (with a sarcastic smile on her face) "It's not home-WORK, if it's fun, Dad!"


She used the same line against me recently when I was heading out for a "workout". 

Daughter:  "Remember,'s not a WORK-OUT, if it's fun!!!!

It got me thinking about my workouts.  Are they fun?   Well, usually yes.  But I do know that I often get pretty consumed with my pace or time, especially when I run.  So much so, that when I haven't run for awhile, I dread the workout because I know that I will be faced with a likely slower pace. 

See?  Even weight-lifting can be fun!

Instead, I need to remember that in its purest sense, cycling is fun!  Running is fun!  Seriously.  If I just work on getting my miles in, I am guessing that the speed will improve in good time.

Do you enjoy your workouts? 

Or do you just endure them so that you can enjoy the results?


Patrick Mahoney said...

Watch your heart rate too!

70% of the time I am up for the workout

Of the remaining 30%, 90% of the time I just tell myself it will be fine once I start, and it is.

As to the remaining 10% of the 30%, I just suffer. said...

Great pic, I have no idea how you find them - but they're great! I'm not at the point where I find workouts fun. I'm hoping to hit that point eventually. Cheers, Rick

oh_mg said...

What a great way to look at exercising ... fun-outs. I love it! :)

GeorgiaSnail said...

For me it all depends on the workout...I love them all but some are not fun. I don't have fun running circles on track night but LOVE the results they produce.

A fun run for me is a trail run where I don't follow a specific trail, but explore and find new routes...

TRI714 said...

I hate to jump on Patricks wagon here. But what He said !!!

RockStarTri said...

What's the difference between exercise and training?

Julie said...

Hummmm, I love my work outs minus the biking. I HATE them so they aren't work-funs the rest, I like that name.
Thank you for sharing and making me think about it a bit.
Take care and God Bless!!

Bruce said...

I usually look forward to my workouts, suffer through the last part of them and am always glad I did.

Kovas said...

Once I'm out the door, it's rare that I don't enjoy myself.

Adrienne said...

I'm with the other commentors that once I've started I enjoy it but starting is sometimes hard since I can usually think of other things to do.

Michael said...

Like many others have said sometimes the hardest part is just getting out the door. Sometimes I tend to dread the workout, but once I get out the door and usually so glad. I feel better afterwards - energized. But I feel you completely on the speed thing. Alot of people go run 3 milee say and it takes them 20 or 25 minutes for me if it's just an "easy" run I'll do it like 35 or 40 minutes. It just seems like it takes me twice as long to do the same thing and sometimes that' frustrating. But keep it up the GREAT work!!!

tahoegirl said...

Most of the time I enjoy my workout once I start doing it. There are days though that even when I'm 15 minutes into the workout, I want it to be over.

Thanks for stopping by although any further talk of 77 degree AZ weather needs to be stopped. :o)

JK said...

It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I can actually say I do enjoy my workouts. Took a lot of self-reflection and becoming happy with where I am, what I've accomplished. I still have moments where I'm too intense, but those are fewer these days.

J said...

First off, thanks for the comment on my blog. It was very encouraging.

I am beginning to love my runs, too. I know I probably need to add more variety to my exercise program, but I am just enjoying running right now so much. I, too, had to let the watching the speed, time, etc. go for awhile...and just run. You know what? All those things improved as I relaxed about it! :)

As a teacher---I love the homeFUN! What a great idea to apply it to FUNouts too!

You have a great kid, I can tell!

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I'm headed for the stairs right now in 34 degrees. Skeptical about the fun part, but ask me when I'm done.

lindsay said...

i am working on reminding myself of this. running/exercise is not a chore, it's fun! that's why it's our hobby... i need to not dread it so much.