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Positivity (Or A Complete Lack Thereof)

Posted Mar 27 2012 7:00am
Okay, maybe not a complete lack of positivity, but some days are better than others, if you get my drift.

In my world, running is cyclical.  I have periods of time when I am completely in tune with running, and then I'll have a period of time when I'm just not feeling it as much.  There's no rhyme or reason to how I'm feeling or to how long any given phase, good or bad, is going to last.  When things are good, the runs come easy ; when things are not as good, it can be a struggle to force myself out the door.
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.
A version of this was going through my head pre-run on Sunday!
I guess what I'm trying to say with this story is that motivation, for most people, does not come easily.  It certainly doesn't for me.  It's a process that must be worked on every day, and much like running, some days will be easier than others.  I honestly marvel at the ability of some runners to run every day; streakers are either amazing, crazy, brain-damaged, or a little bit of all of the above!
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!
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