OUT. I don’t feel much else burning because I’ve been spending a lot of time doing my favorite thing. Sitting on the couch. Let me break it down for you. Here’s what this week’s training schedule looked like:
- Monday – Rest
- Tuesday – Speed workout
- Wednesday – Yoga
- Thursday – Tempo run
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – Long run
- Sunday – Rest
Here is what actually went down:
- Monday – Rest (per the schedule)
- Tuesday – Rest
- Wednesday – Rest
- Thursday – Ran about aimlessly for a half hour
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday / Sunday – In the future
Of course I have the excuses that I came up with… I missed yoga because “my throat hurt and I felt like I needed to rest to avoid getting sick.” Sounds like a pretty good one, eh? Too bad it turned out to be canker sores on the back of my tongue.
Then there was, “I must need the rest if I’m this unmotivated. I did run a half marathon on Sunday after all.” Convincing, isn’t it? I was pretty proud of that one. But do not be deceived. I’m a conniving little devil. My only body part that ever got noticeably sore was the top of my right ankle, and I’m pretty sure that was from the driving. My body would have been just fine with one (or even two) rest days.
By Thursday I was so disappointed in myself I vowed to get all of my running workouts in. That meant three days of running in a row – Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I managed to get my running clothes on, into my car and over to the high school for some speed drills on the track. Guess what? The lights were off. Sound familiar? I drove home and ran out the door in a fury, forgetting my IPOD. When I realized I was without tunes I lost any remaining focus. I ended up running amok for a little while angry and without a plan.
Today it’s raining in addition to being dark.
Here’s where I could use some help. I’m about five months into my “Healthy Living Plan” and I can feel myself starting to lose motivation. I’m not surprised. In fact, I kind of figured I would get here eventually and have been quietly hoping that I would make it through. I think part of the problem is my running honeymoon is coming to an end and part of the problem is the winter (dark and rainy = yucky running). So I held a brainstorming session with myself and here is a list of ideas I’m toying with to help me get over the hump:
- Buy a headlamp
- Run at lunch – This is the only way I can feasibility run in daylight. The only problem is I don’t like taking 2 hour lunches and I don’t like getting sweaty in the middle of the day.
- Join a gym – This is expensive, and I don’t really want to run on a treadmill.
- Join my work gym – This is cheaper but it’s at work. How do I say what I want to say here without saying something I shouldn’t say? Hmm…I don’t think there’s a way.
- Run less – I’m at least going to focus on shorter distances (5K or 10K) for a little while after the Las Vegas Half Marathon. I could go so far as to revert back to my 1 mile a day plan if necessary.
- Find an indoor track
- Find a running club or something similiar to hold me accountable.