I am diseased. I woke up yesterday and today with a scratchy throat. My sinus headache grew and grew – I blame my sicky co-workers. I swear, it’s one giant petri dish in my office!
The thing is, I have big hopes for lots ‘n lots of miles this week. I don’t want to jinx myself nor do I want to have to come back here and admit I didn’t get it done. It WILL be my highest mileage ever! That being said, I wanted to do 6 miles today. I did 3 during lunch – I’m so happy about my lunch run revival!
Okay, lets chit-chat about the treadmill. I did the three miles on mine today and gee whiz – it was tough! What the heck? I can pound out miles outside without nearly as much struggle as it took me to complete the three today. It was kind of frustrating.
I talked with a friend about it – he came up with some ideas. Nature isn’t around to distract or refresh me, I’m stuck in one place, it’s a consistent pace (which I definitely don’t keep when outside) and mentally I’m sabotaging my physical capabilities. Pretty decent list, right? I came up with the last one and running on the trail this weekend helped me figure it out – when I think I’ve been running further then start to think, “I can never get this done!”.
The clincher is, I do have entertainment while I am running, it’s cold outside (and I am being a giant weenie) and I need to get my head straight. After work my stuffy head decided the couch was a much better option than hitting up another 3-4 miles. I decided to take Friday off from work so I can run one of my long runs rather than trying to stuff both into the weekend. This is a brilliant plan on my part since I always feel I “deserve time to rest” on the weekend and long runs don’t quite fit the bill.
On my newsfeed today, a woman talked about this book, “Triathlete EQ: A guide for emotional endurance”:
It’s about the emotional intelligence of endurance athletes – the author, Dr. Izzy Justice calls it “emotional endurance” and how this plays a role in athletic success. We all know our minds can determine how a day of running can be and this book claims to have the steps to strengthen the resolve it takes to run/race strong. I bought it and amazon is shipping it to me pronto. No time to waste when it comes to building confidence and giving myself a boost of jet fuel, i.e. a mix of ego, heart and strength! I’ll keep you posted!
*Do you find it harder to run on the treadmill? What do you do to stay motivated on the treadmill?