|Training accumulates. It's like money in the bank.|
It is so true and something that I often forget. It is not just the three miles I ran today. It is the three miles I ran today, the intervals I did yesterday, the strength workout I did the day before, combined with the rest days, that make me a stronger runner. Each workout and rest day do not stand alone. I am stronger today because of the work I did yesterday. I try to keep this in mind when I am tempted to skip a workout on a non-rest day.
"How do you stay motivated to run?"
Someone asked me once how I stay motivated to run. The truth is that I'm not all that motivated. It is usually a daily struggle in my own head. Do I run today? It's freakin' hot (or cold) out there. My legs are tired. I'm exhausted from work. (Insert a hundred other excuses I can dream up here.)
I do it even though I am not motivated. I usually don't want to do it. But most days, I do it anyway. Then I am on-top-of-the-world happy that I did (aka runner's high). It has nothing to do with motivation. It's fighting past not being motivated.
I told myself a long time ago that "I don't feel like it" is never an acceptable excuse. There are plenty of valid reasons not to run: injury, overtraining, rest days, family commitments. "I don't feel like it" is not one of them. I try to apply this principle to everything in my life, although I am not always successful. I really didn't feel like cleaning the toilet today. (The toilet remains dirty.)
What gets me out the door? I tell myself a few white lies. I'll just run two easy miles, slow and low (that is the tempo). No big deal. No pressure. Two miles is always better than zero miles. 99% of the time, once I get out there, I do more than 2 miles and often push myself to run faster. Getting out the door is often the hardest part (except when I do stadium stairs. stadium stairs are the hardest part.)
It is not about motivation. It is about pushing past being not motivated.
I don't need motivation. I need to get out of my own head.
How about you? What gets you out there?
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