Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and get on with it. This fortnight has been a time where getting out the door for a run has seemed very unappealing. Now, that’s not such a bad thing.
Yes, one reason I’ve had to talk myself into leaving the house is I’ve started to find some of the workouts in my sub 25 minute 5k training plan hard. The other, however, is life outside of running has been pretty great.
In the space of a few weeks I’ve celebrated my first Christmas as a father, seen my son crawl for the first time (and many times since) and even managed to sneak in a meal out with my wife. Going outside for a run in the tropical weather of December and January hasn’t had quite the same appeal.
Its a short update this time. Running has taken a place at the back of my mind. On the bright side it shows that its become an ingrained part of my routine – similar to how having a shower, or brushing my teeth isn’t something I have to give a great deal of consideration to. It just happens.
To finish I’ll leave you with 2 things I’m taking from this fortnight:
- Its OK to not always be 100% motivated with running. If you are getting out the door and running you’ve achieved something already. There’s no law to say you have to love it every single time. (Although if you never enjoy running I’d suggest finding another form of exercise.) You certainly haven’t ‘failed’ if you have to talk yourself into a run sometimes. Quite the opposite in fact. You’re showing the kind of grit you’ll need when your mind is telling you to stop running in a race.
- Its important to recognise a need to re-focus towards the end of a training plan. I’ll need to switch on for the sub 25 minute 5K attempt. Its 4 weeks away now, and based on my 5K attempts so far I feel its going to be small margins that make it a success or a failure. I’ve said it before though, there’s nothing like a goal to get you focused.