I then have to think, why? Why should I get up and run? What do I want to achieve. I think about my goals. I want to run a half marathon in about 8 weeks. I want to run it in under two hours. I want to be ready come time for marathon training. I want to get faster. I want to get my easy runs to where my hard runs are.
Will I be able to accomplish this while lying in bed, getting maybe an extra 30 minutes of sleep? No. No I won't. For me, running isn't an easy thing to do. It takes commitment. I have to want to do this. I have to want to get better at it. So I get up and do it.
I have my training plan, but I am not locked to it. I know that if I want to skip a day, or switch things around I can. But if I have a plan the night before, and can prep my mind for what I am going to do the next morning it makes it a bit easier. Last night I knew I was going to bed to wake up for a 40 minute tempo run. This can also make it tougher. Why should I get up and go for a hard run when all I really want to do is lay in bed, which is what my husband and dog get to do every morning? Because I want to improve! Now, a 40 minute run sounded tough, I could at least do three easy miles. Then I started my run. And my thoughts went like so:
Three easy miles, easy. Well, now that I am almost done with my first mile I could pick it up a little for half a mile, then get to my turn around point, keeping it a little faster. Now that I am at my turning point I can go a little bit further, maybe pick up the pace a little more. You know what? If I keep going then tomorrow can be my easy run! Yea, that sounds good. That's the plan, so I will keep running until I hit 20 minutes, turn around and then go nice and easy on the way back. Well, since I am running hard, I probably should keep going. Just until that tree, well that wasn't bad... I'll keep it going until that sign. No, wait that bus stop, no after the intersection. Ok, a mile left until I am home I'll ease up a little... But not too much. Ok, half a mile to go - now we can go easy!!
Anyone else like this??
And, my splits: