Ran outside with Pam
flat, warm out
Ran on treadmill
8.15 miles/1:05 1% incline
20 pushups, 15 girl pushups, 90 second plank
I didn’t want to get up at 5:30am and I didn’t want to die trying to keep up with Pam, but what I really got out of this morning’s run was motivation. (and chocolate milk!)
I was talking to Pam about how I’ve been lackadaisical and a little undisciplined in my running (which is unlike me) since I returned home last Alaska last week.
I’ve been taking a lot of unplanned rest days and just skipping runs.
I think there’s two types of rest days: needed and lazy. (I don’t know what else to call them; yes, creativity races through my veins.)
You need rest days for your body to recover and heal and for your muscles to repair. I mean, there’s a reason behind tapering and peaking and it’s not just to give you taper-crazies.
And then there’s the lazy rest days where you feel great physically but you blow off your workout because you sleep in too late, you stop by at home after work and go comatose on the couch, you just don’t make it a priority.
And that’s what I’ve been doing.
(There’s definitely times in your year/training/career/life where you need those lazy, take a break and take it easy times, but I’ve been doing that since basically the end of April.)
But running with Pam got me excited to run again. I don’t if I mentally prepared to go harder and longer or what, but we finished our 9 miles and I felt so great that I went to the gym and ran another 8.15 on the treadmill.
That’s the longest I’ve run since the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on June 3rd. Thanks Pam for running at my pace right now with me and even more, for motivating me!
If you’re tired of conquering the world and winning the gold medal in life, here’s how you can lose your motivation to sweat just like I did:
1. Stay up too late watching the Olympics every night.
I like to be in bed around 9:30-9:45 since I like to get up early, but we’ve been busy doing birthday stuff and staying up until midnight watching TV which means…
2. Sleep in later.
3. Walk the dog before it gets hot out because you don’t want that 4 pounds of Princess to overheat.
4. It’s 11am already and too hot out and I’ve lost all motivation by now!
It’s that simple and works like a charm.
I know myself – I’m an early morning runner; I’d rather lead group family therapy for the Lohans than run at 6pm. So I need to get up early which means going to bed early. end of story.
Make it a priority.
Hey, would you mind going and taking a quick 6 question survey I made up about race shirts? I promise it will take less than 57 minutes and one of the questions is dumb.
ZOOMA race series is really interested in getting runners’ feedback and opinions to keep improving upon their events. I think it’s great that they want to know what you value and what’s important to you in a race so go take the survey. thanks, homies.
STEALS AND DEALS
I recently found out about the company Running On the Wall started by a husband and wife running couple. They specialize in making wooden bib and medal displays that are eco-friendly:
Two that I think are cute: (click on the picture for a link)