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It’s Just Wednesday Right?

Today was so tough.  How many miles did I run, you ask?  9, 10, 11…nope.  Just 3.  It took everything I had to get those in, and it is because I broke all of my running rules.

1. Always do your morning run, even when you don’t want to.

Fail on that for today.   I was mentally and physically exhausted, and it was so easy to roll over, hit snooze, and pledge to run in the evening.  I only had to get in a minimum of 3 miles today.  No problem, right?  I mean it’s only an hour and 20 minutes.

2. If you need to run in the evening, go as soon as possible after work.

Again, a fail on my part.  After getting engulfed in “just one more thing” syndrome, it was 7:15 pm before my shoes touched the treadmill.

3. Do not take phone calls during your run. It messes with your mojo.

I got a professional call that I needed to take, so I took it.  Knowing full well the impact on my rhythm.

4. Do not interrupt your run to do something else. It becomes hard, if not impossible, to finish.

#Fail…are you sensing the pattern.

Based on the call, I departed one mile into my run to return to my desk to handle something requiring my attention.

At this point, I am just angry at myself for not being done yet.  One thing I am learning is the importance of putting myself first in this process.  I am the one who needs to put in the work to run this marathon, and if I do not, it will show in my performance on race day and that will be on me.   No one else besides me is accountable for my training and the degree to which I am prepared when I show up at the start line.  Furthermore, when I am running the marathon, quitting will not be an option.  Quitting has never been an option in any aspect of my life, and I do not intend to start now, especially when pursuing one of the biggest goals in my life to date.  I want to accomplish this goal, and I am willing to do whatever it takes.

It is with those sentiments in mind that sometime around 9:30 pm or so, I returned to the gym, tired, frustrated, and ready to be done.  Those were two of the longest miles I have ever run, especially when my right foot “spazzed out” in a way it never had before, causing me to have to slow down for about 20 minutes and prolonging the agony.

The bottom line is I finished.  I stuck it out, when I did not want to and when there were plenty of entirely legitimate reasons for me to throw in the towel.  I kept going, and I love that about myself.

Looking at the day as whole, I got my run in and I stuck to my nutrition plan, so today is a win.  Even as I type this blog, a new friend from my apartment complex messaged me to tell me she registered for the race I am running on Sunday after I encouraged her to join.  That really made my day.  I am going to take the win for today and call it a night because there are many more miles to run tomorrow.

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