Ever have a day when you just don’t want to run? Either too tired from being up late, or legs are sore from a few days of hard running? Or you just aren’t in the mood to run?
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have days like that. I like to think that I wake up every morning eager to go on my run, but there are definitely many mornings when I need to push myself to leave. This morning was one of those days. My alarm went off and I rolled out of bed with ZERO desire to head out the door. My legs were a little sore from not taking any time off after Sunday’s 16 miler and I just felt exhausted!
It didn’t help that it was pouring rain out. Usually a good excuse for me to crawl back into bed. But knowing that the marathon is only 17 days away (but who’s counting?) and that my first ultra is just 30 days away, I forced myself to get out the door.
It’s funny what some wind and rain will do to what was supposed to an “easy” 8 miler that was on the schedule. My easy runs are typically between an 8:35-8:50 pace (after my 1st mile warm-up).
On mornings when I need a little extra motivation to push myself, I often turn the easy run into a progression run – once I complete a mile, I have to run the next mile faster then the last. It’s much easier to convince myself that I need to only run faster than the last mile, then to tell myself I’m going to run at an 8:00 pace for 8 miles.
The faster I ran, the less sore my legs felt. The less sore my legs felt, the faster I felt I could go. So I kept pushing myself.
Here are my splits from this morning:
7:59 is not a super fast time – it’s actually 30 seconds slower per mile than my half – marathon pace just 2 weeks ago. But a 7:59 pace on sore, tired legs beats crawling back into bed any day =)
Sometimes getting out of bed is really the hardest part of my run…