Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Workout: Warm [2 mi.], 3 miles @ 6:26 pace, Cool [2 mi.]  Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Moving along…

Same distance workout as last week. Only moved the goal pace from 6:29 to 6:26. Didn’t really want to do anything special outside today. Just wanted to get this one done and put another run in the log. I was a little concerned because yesterday’s (Monday), 9-mile easy run was a little tougher than I thought it should have been. The runs for the past three weeks or so have been great, but I’m wondering how long could it last. When’s the plateau going to begin?

Not today.

The warm up was easy (didn’t take much out of me), so I figured I was good to go from the start. Yes, finally, a tough run that I knew I could complete before the hard stuff began. The chief battle with today’s run was impatience. I just wanted the dang thing to end. One thing I’ve found lately, that’s useful to distract myself from running. I do math in my head, for instance. Today, played a game where calculated how much time I had left every 30 seconds. So, for 30 seconds, I wouldn’t look at my watch and then I’d try to figure everything out. Not the most sophisticated stuff but a nice challenge while running. Really didn’t have a problem finishing today at 6:21 pace.

Motivation. I had a thought last night as to why I continue to do this. I think part of it is just a little experiment. If I do this and this and this, what will happen tomorrow? I don’t think it’s the goal that motivates me, even though a 5K personal record in December would be nice. It’s the day-to-day that’s fascinating. Completing a workout I didn’t think I could do. Making an old workout easier. Seeing improvement and knowing that I had some conscious input in that improvement. Reminds me of planting flowers in a cup in kindergarten class. It’s fun to see things grow.

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy, wet.

Recap: Good run. Lots of room for improvement all the way around really – at pace and speed-wise. That’s a good thing. Lots of hard breathing at this pace though. I’m thinking it’s the humidity. HR isn’t that high though. Really weird. On to tomorrow. Turned in a great core work session as well. Probably the best of the season.

Took some motivation to get out of bed this morning. Here’s what was rolling through the skull. Hope someone can find this useful.

  • I watched a fighter, Gennady Golovkin, pummel another man in three rounds on Saturday. Golovkin hits really hard, but in the process, he exposes himself to being hit as well. Golovkin’s response to the problem of being hit: “Courage is the responsibility of every fighter.”
  • Got me thinking about courage in general. Since the tough run last week, I have been a little afraid to get up every morning and run because I might fail again. It seems no matter how many times I run well, the fear of having to stop mid-run is still with me.
  • I don’t know how many times, I’ve heard this in movies, but the idea goes “There is no courage without fear.” I feel a crap-ton of fear everyday. About everything. Scared to put forth the effort brush my teeth a lot of times. (Not to gross anyone out…I usually win on this one…at least lately….ok I lose a lot…sorry).
  • As I was walking the cool down, I still had questions. What does courage have to do with anything? Why not avoid these problems? Stop running, for instance. The quickest answer I could muster was that courage, like fitness and knowledge, is usually its own reward. The best projects are the ones I take up on my own. If something tangible becomes of it – that’s fine. But doing things just to improve the spirit and body is good enough for me.

I’ll try to take advantage of all this wonderful (heh) fear today to show some courage. Maybe some nice surprises will lie ahead too.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:30 pace; core work. Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy, wet.

Recap: Didn’t feel good this morning. A little nervous about things to do. Three-day weekends will do that I guess. Got out there on the road after some delay. It felt tough (high humidity), but the heart rate was the same as yesterday. Surprises. Maybe that will start off a good Tuesday. Love reading you guys’ posts too. Keep it up. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:30 pace; core work. Weather: 55 degrees, rain.

Recap: Motivation. Wet and miserable outside. Ruining everyone’s Memorial Day plans. I thought about taking it to the treadmill, but went outside because I didn’t want to miss an entry on the Garmin website. Yep…losing it.

It was still so much fun to be out there though. The rain just helped to focus on getting back inside. Loving the increase in intensity. Last two days have been great. Ready for more. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Rough week turned good.

Sunday started with me giving up on a 10-mile run because I did something mess up the timing on my Garmin. Honestly, I think I was tired that day and just wanted to bring it in. Didn’t need much of an excuse. The rest may have been a good thing though. The tempo runs didn’t get any faster at the 88-92% HR this week, BUT they felt a lot easier for some reason. I felt like I had something in the tank at the end of all three runs. Looking back over the schedule this year, I can see the improvement from early January pretty clearly. Tempo runs at 3 miles are down from 6:56 pace to 5:46 pace. Recovery runs are down from 11-12 minute pace to 9 minute pace. Still, these last two weeks, I have plateaued a little bit. I feel great, but the production has slowed a little. Going keep focusing on nutrition (especially protein), water and sleep. Breakthrough might be around the corner.

Lots and lots of treadmill running this winter. Not as bad as people say it is. That said, I’ll be happy when it warms a little in Columbus (at least into the 40s and 50s, so I can take the faster stuff outside). For now…as in most things…patience.


What Motivates Me to Run:

1) Control: Let’s face it…the world’s a pretty busy place. Lots of people making lots of decisions and most of us have to live with the choices others make. For the most part, someone else determines our schedules. When we get up. When we go to work or school. When we get to come back home. Running’s one of those things where you can set the pace yourself. Whether you want to get in shape or race, you can mold it to fit your style.

2) Hope: For whatever reason, I always have this idea that tomorrow’s run is going to better than today’s. It can be faster or feel easier, but I’m always seeing some prospect of improvement down the line.

3) Addiction: I suspect that I run because I need to as well. This is probably the most powerful motivator in the toolkit. I’m not sure if it’s because I need to fill in a blank space in the spreadsheet schedule that says, “I did something today,” or if there some sort of chemical dependency going on. I do know that whatever it is, for now, is strong enough to get me out bed at night to complete a workout. It would be nice to be this addicted to another good cause as well.


Favorite quote from last week:

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Last Week’s Workouts

Sun  – 2 miles “long”

Mon – 3 miles tempo (treadmill)

Tue – 3 miles easy

Wed – 3 miles tempo (treadmill)

Thu – 3 miles easy (treadmill)

Fri – 3 miles tempo (treadmill)*

Sat – 3 miles easy (treadmill)

Easy Run: 4 miles @ 7:42 – 6:44 pace.

Weather: 46 degrees, cloudy, wet, dark

Whew. Rough day. Not rough running… just a little stressful otherwise. Had a little work to do and too many thoughts. I didn’t want to run. But off came the PJs and out the door I went about 7 p.m. The pace felt easy enough. HR was a little up on the run, but 97% humidity will do that every time.

On the positive front, morning HR was 47 bpm. It’s coming down! Happy about that. I think I’m finally starting to get the rest that I need as the academic semester draws to a close.

Read an article on the New York Times today. A doctor suggested that people “dislike” runners because runners are constantly trying to assert their superiority. The notion bothered me for quite a bit as I thought about this blog and my interactions with other runners on Twitter. I drew two conclusions:

(1) My goal is to inspire. How? I intend to get faster, and I want to leave a record as to how it happened. A day-to-day record. Thought processes…training…motivation…good days and bad days. The next person will see it and know how at least one person did it. That person can do it too…probably in a shorter amount of time after looking at my mistakes.

(2) I like to be encouraged and to encourage as well. For every person who distrusts runners’ ambitions, there’s another person looking to interact with other runners and fit freaks in general. It’s been great the last two weeks meeting more people on Twitter who exercise. There’s a lot of positive feedback going all over the place…people posting their workouts and others telling them to keep going. Sounds like a group of folks I’d like to hang around in general.

Keep sharing your work (even those outside of fitness). Someone will be inspired.

Appreciate the love…

Projected 5K: 18:07 (5:50/mile)

Day 14 – The Chase

Posted: November 13, 2012 in The Chase
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Easy Run: 5 miles @ 10:00 pace

Weather: 34 degrees, fair, dark

Happy that I even got out there. Ate a triple-meat Baconator from Wendy’s after school. Took a shower. Got in bed. Told myself it was OK to miss a day just to rest.

Then I crawled out of bed and ran at 10:15.

I’m not sure what the motivation is: this blog, my own personal training log or whatever, but it’s pretty cool. Another ho-hum type of run. But it felt pretty good. Focus today was running tall. Getting upright. Made the run feel really easy at the end. Kind of anxious about tomorrow morning’s interval run. It’s been two weeks since I’ve run with any kind of speed. We’ll get to see if I can hang on here. Also, probably going to start taking Sundays off. Just add up the mileage that I would have done Sunday and distribute it among the easy runs. Too many close calls with these night runs. Might be burning out mentally. Probably means the same physically.

Projected 5K: 19:01 (6:07/mile)