It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling through my training for October’s 1/2 marathon in Des Moines. And while it might be somewhat physical, it’s felt mostly like a mental struggle. Crazy thing is, I know I can do it – I’ve done it before!
This was the case on Sunday. I set my alarm early, ate breakfast and coffee and allowed it to digest a bit. My goal was to get out the door between 7 and 7:15. As time went by, I found myself trying to find excuses to skip my run. But none of them were good enough, sometimes you just have to put your shoes on and go out the door.
So I set out on my run. I did everything I could to not pay attention to the distance I was gearing up to run but rather enjoy the view. I took a different turn and ran past the lake; I turned the music up on my phone and sang and danced as I ran. Sometimes you’ll surprise yourself, find your rhythm and run the greatest 8 miles of your life.
Not every run will be amazing, not every run will be easy, but as they say every run will be worth it and the first step is just getting out the door.
Definitely a mental thing. As my work day winds down and it’s getting gym time I find myself thinking of ways our of it and time slips away. Then I just do it but I’m rushed to make it out the door to pick up Kaydin in time. I always feel better once I’m there though. Why do we always put ourselves through the song and dance?!? lol
Glad you ended up having a great run!
Hope it works out that I get to see you soon!! 🙂
That’s a good question but I’m going to try and avoid the dance tomorrow and get my tush out of bed before work! I.CAN.DO.IT!
I hear you! Not every run can be a good one, but if I have kicked myself out of the door and am running, I class it as a success. Sure, some runs are fun and you feel on top of the world, and some make me want to die, but any run for me is an achievement. Tell me that after work today when I moan internally about doing my 4 miles. Well done on your 8 miler, that’s mega 🙂
Getting out the door IS a success!
Gah I haven’t run in TWO WEEKS, but today I did get on the elliptical! My 10 miler is on Sunday…I was thinking about backing out of that and the half, but I think I’m gonna try. Love this post and it’s inspirational theme! <3
Listen to your body but my vote would be to stick with the half and back out of the 10 miler…but that’s purely selfish. Maybe you can come up with a walk/run plan to get you through one or both of the runs. Who says you have to run the whole thing anyway or try and beat your last time? Isn’t this whole thing about having fun and finishing? 🙂
Yay! I’m doing a half at the end of October and am struggling with training. I teach a yoga sculpt class 3 times a week that makes me struggle with when is the best time to get other runs in… Plus, I don’t want to dive right into the second half of a training plan with the low weekley mileage average I have right now. So we’ll see how it goes…good luck to you!
Good luck to you too! You can do it but definitely listen to your body and be sure to rest!
I have a long run scheduled today. And as you can see, I’m messing around in the blog world instead of lacing up my tennis shoes! I’m slowly working up the enough motivation to get out the door.
I hope you got out the door, girlie!