Embracing the Daily Grind

from Run Happy, Run Fierce

My alarm goes off at 6:15am and the very last thing I want to do is get out of bed and battle the cold temps for a 90 minute run on Monday morning and that 45 minute afternoon double sounds worse than going to the dentist.  Every single runner at some points gets in a mental rut and lacks the motivation to train, and let me tell ya, I’ve been there for about 2.5 weeks.  After CIM this past December, I took a full month of downtime–I worked, traveled and only ran once a day without workouts.  When I got back to Toledo around January 1, I was motivated and excited to tackle my next segment of training.  For a solid 4-5 weeks, I was knocking out 120-125 mile weeks no problem and then the first week of March hit me like a ton of bricks.

I’ve spent the past few days reflecting and thinking of strategies to embrace the daily grind of training.

  1. Be thankful–Each morning this week, I have tried to spend the first few miles of every run being thankful for the opportunity to run.  It is easy to take health for granted and even though I actually wished an injury upon myself two weeks ago, I know deep down, that would make me very miserable.
  2. Enjoy the surroundings–Instead of being grumpy every morning, I’ve tried to enjoy the routes, the trails or the sunrise each morning on my run.
  3. Take an unplanned day off and don’t feel guilty!!
  4. Stay in a routine–I’ve struggled with getting my body on a good sleeping routine with traveling and daylight savings but this is key for me. I’m the type of person that can eat the same exact thing for dinner 5 days a week because it’s comfortable and predictable.  I’m all about routine and as soon as I’m thrown off, I freak out.  Sometimes a big down week in training makes me less motivated because instead of running twice a day and having my day perfectly planned, I can postpone a morning run until the afternoon but then I’m always on edge until that run is over.  Routine. Routine. Routine.
  5. Have FUN–No one is forcing me to train.  I do this because I love it.  I don’t have any obligation to a team, shoe/apparel company, etc.  I run because it is a part of who I am and not who I am.  This week I’ve tried to take a step back, run easy and enjoy the company of new running buddies.It’s easy to lose the joy when you are struggling but it’s in those moments of struggle that make you a stronger runner and person.
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