Maybe my head hurts. The weather might be better tomorrow. I should have eaten a better lunch. If I wait until tomorrow, I can still get in all the workouts I need this week. There are a million minor excuses I can come up with to not run. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m better at this than anyone else I’ve met. In fact, if you need help figuring out why you shouldn’t run today, just contact me and I’ll come up with a great reason for you. 

Given an opportunity to think ahead, I can not run just about every time. So I’ve found that the best way to get me to run is to not think about it. 

Over the summer when the weather was hot and the sun was up early, I started running first thing in the morning. If I could convince myself to set the alarm at night, once it went off in the morning I didn’t have time to make excuses. 

But now that it’s below freezing (and we know that’s below my cold weather threshold) and dark in the morning, that doesn’t work anymore. Instead, I just put it in my head as nonnegotiable. I try not to think about the impending run at all. The less I think, the more I do. 

Today, of course, I thought. I was tired. I had all kinds of coffee trouble. It was a beautiful day, but I just absolutely did not feel like it. 

Fortunately, I’ve got Chris who wasn’t buying my excuses. Sure, he didn’t actually tell me to suck it up and get out there. But he also didn’t say “you poor thing, you are definitely too tired to run.” 

So I ran. My first half mile was full of all sorts of random aches and pains. But after I got going I forgot about them. 

This was a “threshold” run when I was supposed to run 3 sets at my threshold pace – which is really close to the pace I want to run for the race. I’m a little anxious about being able to keep up this pace for the whole 13.1 miles, so I decided to ignore the rest breaks and just try to run the whole workout at that speed. 

It actually worked pretty well and I was able to pull it off. A few times I felt pretty exhausted but mostly I felt fine. I don’t think I could have kept it up for another 9 or 10 miles, but it’s a start. 

And sometimes, at least for me, starting is the hardest part. 

1/16/16 Run Details

Time: 32 minutes

Distance: 3.5 miles

Overall pace: 9’11” / mile