Workouts this week
Thursday Three miles
Sunday Five miles
Monday Two and a half miles
Too many rest days in there... but really I only missed one run. I'm making it my goal this week to do EVERY planned work out -- cross training and all. All my work chaos is done and I have no more excuses. It's going to happen. It has GOT to happen.
I've had a lot of tough runs lately. Last Sunday, it was tough physically -- I got a little past the halfway point and had to stop from being dizzy.
This Sunday, it was tough mentally. I just kept thinking, why am I doing this? I can't run five miles, and next week I'm not going to be able to run six miles, let alone the 13 I'm supposed to do at the end of all this. Why bother?
Even my "shorter" runs have been tough for me lately -- I don't want to get out in the first place, or I want to take walk breaks halfway through, or I'm hit with the why bother again.
This Sunday, after my mentally grueling run, I started trying to make a list of the reasons why I run. I've seen this done on other blogs before, so I'm sorry if it's no fun to read, but I think I need it. I've got to remind myself of the reasons I run right now to keep myself going so that, eventually, it can feel good again.
Why I run
I run so I can eat more ice cream with less guilt.
I run because I like the way I look in my running clothes.
I run because it helps me like the way I look in all my clothes.
I run because I love to come home and tell Pat about how far or fast I got.
I run so I can put a little star sticker on my training plan.
I run because I like going a little bit faster, a little bit farther than what I've done before.
I run because I like knowing I'm doing something not everyone can or is willing to do.
I run because it challenges me.
I run because I lost 18 pounds and want to keep it off.
I run because I like being outside.
I run because races are really fun.
I run because I love my race shirts.
I run so I can see improvement.
I run because it feels good to sweat.
I run because some days it makes me feel invincible. Those days are sometimes rare and hard to remember on the hard days, but they're worth it.
Why do you run?