I don’t feel like running tonight. I’m tired. It’s been a long day. I ran hill sprints yesterday. I just want to sit on my arse tonight and, I dunno, read a book. I want to do the least amount of work possible after a long day of work. But guess what? I can’t. Because I have a marathon in 94 days. And I’m not stupid enough to just show up to it without having all my homework checked off for these 94 days.
And this is why I signed up for the marathon in the first place isn’t it? Last year I knew that if I kept running halfs, I would probably never do much training and would just show up on race day and run. I’m lazy like that. Or at least my default is lazy like that. The devil on my shoulder is a lazy, soda-guzzling non-runner who tells me to relax because, duh, I’ve earned it! The angel on my shoulder is an ultra-runner who harasses, stalks, and threatens me if I don’t run, or even if I don’t run well. There’s no pleasing that guy!
Anyway, I’m running tonight, treamill-ing it up, and ONLY because I have this marathon in the books. And I’m running because my run schedule says 30 miles this week. If it says 30 miles then I’m doing 30 miles damnit. This is Week #3 of the #RWChallenge (now called Runner’s World VIP) and the first 2 weeks were a bunch of scratches and cross-outs and arrows and stars and all sorts of markings that show that I didn’t follow the plan exactly to the letter. It’s ok to switch runs around but I don’t want to make it a habit. I mean, I’m switching intervals to tomorrow because I found myself doing run team hill sprints yesterday when it was supposed to be an easy day… but what I mean is that I’m trying to follow the plan like it’s supposed to be followed so I don’t have to second guess myself or risk injury or not getting miles in by the end of the week.
So for all of you out there who are saying to yourself “I wish I ran more” or “I should run more” or “I should start running again” – SIGN UP FOR A MARATHON!!! Or sign up for a half even! It will get you out the door like none other! If you ask yourself, “Do I want to go to the gym tonight? Do I want to run tonight?“, most of the time your answer to yourself is going to be “NO!!” But with a race on the horizon, how can you NOT go out and run or get to a treadmill and run? Nobody wants to do awful on race day, or feel like crap on race day, so you’ll get out and run! Races – the ultimate motivator!
I’m going to do a reverse test of this theory next year when I sign up for ZERO marathons and count how many less days I run during the year.