Once Saturday came my legs were aching from previous workouts and I just didn't have it in me. Or at least, I didn't have the mental push because I rationalized I could run it on Monday or today and still be early enough in the month to not negatively impact my race performance. Sunday was to be a family day so it wasn't ideal for me to do a long run.
Yesterday I barely had it in me to run my mile. Not because of aches but because I just wanted to be and play with my darling daughter. What can I say? Was I in a rut? I really don't think so. I just wanted more fun time with my daughter and opted to pick her up early from school and do a really short run. Therefore, I posted on Daily Mile my goal to run a half today.
And guess what? That did the trick of getting me out of bed early enough to tackle 13.1 miles before going to work. I didn't have any excuse good enough to tell the world why I skipped this opportunity and I am happy I put it out there.
When I started my run the treadmills by me were in use. As my run progressed, fellow runners came and went and by the end, I was running solo in what appeared to be a completely abandoned gym. But I kept going and completed my mission.
What does running a half on a treadmill do for me? It builds mental strength. On road runs I tend to do out and backs or point to points where I must keep on running to get to the end....my ride. On the treadmill you can get off anytime you want. Really, you can. But I almost always choose to keep on going. In the early days of running I let myself off the hook more often. These days, nope. Keep running girl. And perhaps that is what I need to build that mental strength to keep on going on days where I feel like a run is the hardest thing in the world. Today it wasn't the hardest thing in the world but it wasn't a walk in the park either. I got bored and had to find a way to overcome that and keep on going.
- My darling daughter's ever present enthusiasm
- Getting my run done
- Nice offers from cool people
- Coming in 3rd in the Tommie Copper contest - thanks for your vote and I won a cool coupon code to be applied to a purchase of my choice
- Rain to help the garden veggies grow