July 16, 2013

Training Tuesday: Mind over Body

Every once in a while you have one of those days....we all have them.  You feel tired, unmotivated to work out and can come up with every excuse in the book...I got home late from work, I'm tired, I'm hungry, I'm not feeling it, I can run tomorrow, it's raining, etc.  I was feeling all of these last Thursday but I really needed to run.  I had taken a rest day Wednesday and was planning another on Friday given that I had plans after work so I didn't have much wiggle room, which may have been a good thing.

I immediately walked to my bedroom after I got home from work and put on some of my favorite running clothes - my Brooks skirt, Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach shirt and some fun green socks.  I didn't even give myself a chance to sit down for fear that I would never get up.  It was raining pretty steadily so I decided to head to the gym for my tempo run.  This was also a pseudo-carrot for myself so I could watch some TV.  I still wasn't feeling it when I got there but just told myself to get started and see what happened.

I found some trashy show on E! to keep me occupied and off I went.  What turned out to be a disinterested training run turned out to be one of my strongest tempo runs ever, doing my run intervals at an average of sub-9:00 mm pace.  I had one of those moments where I looked around and thought to myself 'wow, I really am getting faster.'  I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was feeling pretty pumped and also proud that I convinced myself to get this run done even when I didn't feel like it.

Despite feeling generally tired last week and in anticipation of that run, I put my mind to work so I could get my run done.  How do you talk yourself into a run when you're feeling crummy?



  1. Good for you! I am totally jealous of all the speed work you've been doing! Without a track nearby or a treadmill it's been difficult to get any in - up at the Cape I run mainly on a trail and trust me I trip and fall enough without trying to go any faster!

  2. That is awesome, great job!! I do the exact same thing - if i'm not feeling it, I just go home and put my work out clothes on, and get out the door because I know if I at least get outside/to the gym I won't go back home until my workout is done!

  3. Way to overcome the blahs and get your run accomplished! If I'm not feeling up for a run outside, I try to convince myself that watching something on TV will help pass the time and I opt for my treadmill instead. I keep a pretty good stock of things recorded on my DVR for such moments!