on motivation

29.57 miles down.  21 days to go.

i spent the last few days chipping away at my goal of running 20 miles this week, and i’m happy to say that i surpassed it by half a mile as of today.  the week isn’t over yet, so we’ll see if I can throw a few more on top of the pile before the end of today.

while the 100 miles challenge has generally been a great motivator, i have to admit that i acted like a total baby about it this past thursday.  i wandered aimlessly around the apartment that evening, firmly committed to keeping my people clothes on for as long as possible.  my calves were buzzing with soreness from wednesday’s spin class and 4+ mile run, and i was feeling moody. my lack of motivation spiraled into dangerous territory, turning me into a world-class rationalizer.  i did some simple math and realized that i would have to double up on some miles over the weekend if i were to skip out on thursday’s run. no big deal, i thought.  i can totally do that..right?  but do i want to do that?  man, i don’t want to do that. ugh.  

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mea culpa

saturday’s short run ended up becoming a fantastic speed workout, which is good for solo runs, but not for runs you originally planned to be doing alongside your partner.  i’d like to apologize to both todd and his knees for being THAT running partner yesterday.

to preface, i love running with todd.  when we’re out and about together, it feels like we’re on an adventure, and since we’re both approaching forty, we have the added bonus of bonding over the little aches and pains accumulated from these excursions.

to back it up a little, prior to heading out on our saturday run, i switched up my usual shoes to my neglected pair of new balance minimus running shoes.  i hadn’t worn them since last fall because they were a little too minimal for me at the time.  i was particularly excited to go back to them after all of the training i’d done over the winter and spring to better condition my legs.  when we set off, i was feeling the perfect trifecta of adequate hydration, light legs, and pent up energy to burn.

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