In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular. This is week three.
Monday September 18 – Sunday September 24
Total Miles Planned: 9 miles.
Total Miles Ran: 9.5, plus 11 walked.
Favorite Run: Tuesday’s 3 miler. I made it to run number seven of this training plan before I faced that dreaded feeling, but eventually I heard myself mumbling aloud, ‘UGH. I don’t want to run today.” After procrastinating for several minutes I turned on a podcast and got it done. About half a mile in, I really started to find my groove and the running intervals no longer felt chore-like. The remaining 2.5 miles felt good, and I found myself smiling as I completed my workout.
Least Favorite Run: Sunday’s long run was tough. I felt like it took a long time to get my pace under control, which I know can be difficult when running without a clock in sight. The idea of cutting the four miles short popped into my head at least a dozen times during the first 2.5 miles, until finally I knew I’d hit far enough along on my route that cutting it early would really disappoint me. I’m glad I stuck it out and I felt like I had a good workout, but I didn’t enjoy my weekend running time as much as I hoped.
Other Workouts: A quick two miles of wogging after work on Friday to round out the work week.
Listening Notes: One trick I use when I don’t really feel like running is to choose a special podcast to listen to while I run. When I saw that the Live 3.22 ep of The West Wing Weekly [featuring interviews with Aaron Sorkin, Allison Janey and Melissa Fitzgerald!!!] was available for my iPod on the day of the aforementioned dreaded 3 mile run, I knew using the discussion as a listening bribe was a helpful tool to get me out the door. CAN I listen to the episode whenever I want to because I am an adult responsible for my own time? Yes – of course! But choosing to save it for my run is a tiny motivation reward system I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon.
The ELT Help Line episode of the Every Little Thing was totally perfect for my 2-mile run, being segmented into several topics. The producers of the show help answer a few different listener questions, explaining the what and why behind things fans of the show have “always wanted to know.” Extra bonus: I now feel ready when water chestnuts or Take Me Out to the Ballgame come up at bar trivia.
During Sunday’s warm-up walk and long run, I managed to listen to entire hour-long RadioLab episode that was released last week, Oliver Sipple. This story is an important one in journalism history, and totally had me debating between my head and heart as I listened my way through my intervals.
#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: One of the best lessons I’ve learned from running over the years is a lesson I use in all different areas of my life: find the route to making follow through simple.
It first happened with my half marathon training back in 2014 and it is a lesson I’ve held close to my heart when I find motivation lacking as I work towards any goal on my list.
‘In order to become better read, all I have to do is read more.’
‘if I want to be the kind of person who sends letters to her grandparents, all I need to do is send letters to my grandparents.’
‘The only thing I have to do to be a human who runs 3-4 times a week, is run 3-4 times a week.’
That last one is the group of words I told myself back in 2014, and these are the words I find myself repeating to myself now, on the days when running seems lame.
Look at the bigger picture; do I want to (goal A) run today? Meh. Not really. Do I want to (goal b) be a person who runs a few times a week? Yep, I do. I want to be that person.
I remind myself that in order to complete goal b, I gotta check off goal a. Then I find a sort of running bribe [like the aforementioned podcast saving or the promise of self-care time instead of chores after I’m done running] to help push me out the door and get it done.
I’d love to know – what tricks or tips do you have for completing your workouts on days when you’re lacking motivation?