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That Final Push Out Of The Door

14 February 2012

This week I’m finding that just having put my name down for a marathon is not enough to get me up at 6am every day to run.

Motivation doesn’t magically arise from the fact that I have to run 26.2 miles on 6th May. Or perhaps it did for the first few weeks of training, but now I’m tired, so tired. I need to mix up my motives:

1. Background Motivation

I love running. I love being a runner. I love having been for a run. I love telling people I’ve just been for a run. I love eating twice as many biscuits because I’ve been for a run. I love being able to fit into my clothes and not having to buy new ones. I love the feeling you get when you’re 10 minutes, or 40 minutes, into a hard run when it suddenly clicks and you feel invincible. I love seeing the seasons change. I love being outside. I need to remember this in February when it’s dark and cold and I have eaten all the pies and even though I’m running nearly 40 miles a week my jeans are still tight.

2. Training Goal

I am going to run a marathon in 3:30 this year.
I am going to run a marathon in 3:30 this year.
I am going to run a marathon in 3:30 this year.

3. The Final Push

If I get up now and run it will be done and tonight I can come home and fall asleep in the middle of my dinner. If I get up now and run I can eat three slices of that delicious bread I bought from the farmer’s market on Sunday for breakfast, with proper butter not flora light. If I get up and run today it will make it harder not to get up and run tomorrow.

If I don’t run today, I won’t make my mileage for the week. If I don’t run today, I will have to run tonight when I’m hungry and even more tired. If I don’t run today, it will be easier not to run tomorrow.

I wrote most of this yesterday, after I had got up to run – an interval session no less – when I really didn’t want to. I am finishing it today, when I didn’t get up to run. I will run tonight.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aine (TrillionBlue) permalink
    15 February 2012 12:27 pm

    Love this blog entry! I need to write out something like this to help with my motivation, it is fantastic! Glad to know I’m not the only one that signing up still doesn’t push me out the door. Best of luck with the marathon!

  2. 15 February 2012 2:22 pm

    Thanks Aine. The irony of course is that I started it feeling all smug and then failed to get up this morning.

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