Last Friday was a prime example of a down day. I had just come off of a few hard training days and was slated to run eight miles at race pace. I took care of some errands before my run, telling myself I would run after. Then I got home and decided I had to work on my grad thesis (I actually did have to work on the thesis, but I knew my intentions for wanting to work on it at that moment were not so pure as they should have been). I worked on the paper until it was almost dark, and by then it was too late to run because I had to switch into Dad mode . I promised myself a Sunday make-up.
Saturday came and went (I made my long run on Saturday morning in large part because I meet up with my TNT running group and I don't want to disappoint! ), and Sunday was upon me before I knew it. Now I was thinking, "This is my scheduled rest day, take it easy." About three seconds after that thought crossed my mind I entered back into a motivated phase; I admonished myself for being lazy and got my run clothes on. I mapped a route on the computer and hit the roads.
So the next time you don't want to hit the road, trail, dreadmill , bike, elliptical, free weights or pool, remember that you are not alone. Find whatever motivation tool works for you and get out the door! You'll be so much happier that you did, once you're done! (And check out the blogs for @dabobie and @run4themasses , since I borrowed the pics for this blog from them!)
And remember, a race day is simply a measure of how honest an effort I gave on those training days!
How do you work up the motivation to train on those days when you just don't want to? Are you a streaker? I'm curious to know what gets you to train; let me know!