Sometimes running motivation is cut and dry like doing it to lose weight or training for the Boston marathon and when you don’t have that clear vision of what you’re working towards it can be easy to let your activity go by the wayside. Right now I’m running purely for enjoyment and to maintain my fitness level, but somehow I’m still running as often and as much as I was when I was training for the St. Jude marathon.
So where’s this motivation coming from? This past week was so busy and I kept reminded myself that I wasn’t training for anything so if I didn’t have time to get my run in, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I had plenty of excuses not to run, but I still followed my loose training schedule and got some good miles in.
Monday– Friend run
I had the day off, but I was still so busy with trying to get my site’s new theme up and working and doing a bunch of random other stuff that was probably less important than I was making it. There was a Craft test run at Fleet Feet that I wanted to go to, but I also needed to go grocery shopping and I wanted to hand out with my college roommate since were both not working. I was going to forfeit my run for her, but I ended up getting to combine the two by running with her on the Greenline so it worked out perfectly.
Motivation: Catching up with a good friend.
Run: 4.5 miles @ 8:50 pace
Wednesday: Solo night run
I was exhausted on Wednesday. I stayed up the night before working on my Guide to finding a Garmin Watch so I really didn’t have much motivation at all to run. I did some planks and pushups and that helped me gain momentum to go run.
Motivation: Pre-run exercises and the fact that I found my favorite reflective vest in my closet.
Run: 6 miles @ 8:07 pace
Thursday: Track workout with Fleet Feet: 800m repeats
I really didn’t want to go to this track work out. I hate 800’s because I have terrible high school memories of coming in dead last in track meets in this distance. It was also cold, rainy, and wet, but I got dressed and drove to Fleet Feet before I could even fight it.
Motivation: Having a group and FOMO (fear of missing out) because sometimes runs are the most fun if they’re in nasty weather.
Run: 7.5 miles of a warm up, some strides, 5x 800, strides, and a cool down
(800 splits: 3:06, 3:08, 3:08, 3:07, 3:08)
I’ve started doing a little BBG after hearing more about it from Amanda and Kellen. I’m not sure how die-hard I’m going to be with it, but I definitely like incorporating more than just running to my exercising.
Saturday: Long run
On Saturdays I like to join in on the group long runs at Fleet Feet. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately so after going to dinner with a bunch of college friends Friday night, I was so ready to get to bed around 11:00 and be fine to wake up early and go for my run. There ended up being people at my house when I got back so I actually couldn’t fall asleep until around 4:00 a.m. I almost had a mental breakdown, but I just had to adjust my schedule to sleep in and run mid-day instead.
Motivation: To clear my mind and for much needed endorphins. I felt SO much better after this run.
Run: 10 miles @ 7:55 I did my first run maybe ever without coffee and it was sad that I could feel it.
Sunday: Sister run
Isn’t it great when you’re running with someone and they’re wearing headphones? I’m such a chatter on training runs so I was excited to run with Melissa, but she obviously had other plans. I made fun of her and then she decided to unplug and play her podcast for me to hear and it was so incredibility good. We listened to “Is Christianity Intolerant,” but I’m going to go back and listen to the rest of them this week.
Motivation: Weather was nice and time with my sister.
Run: 3.5 @ 9:00 pace
My runs weren’t as high of intensity as they had been in weeks past, but I’m really liking how there’s not a lot of pressure for me to do them and that I get to run with more people like my sister and college friend. With that being said, I do have my eye on a couple races starting in April so maybe I’ll reveal that to you next week!
What was your favorite run this week?
What was the motivation for your toughest run this week?
What do you do on the days your don’t run?