“You’ve only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run.”
-Percy Cerutty, running coach
I drew inspiration from this quote this morning- I saw it in my email inbox yesterday, courtesy of Runners World, and it was the kick in the pants I needed to get motivated this week. I don’t know if it’s the cooler mornings, the darker mornings, or what, but I am lacking some serious motivation. All I want is sleep :). And, I’ve been getting plenty! An 8pm bedtime leaves me with 9 blissful hours of precious sleep before the alarm rudely awakens me at 5am.
I had speed drills on my schedule for Monday. Only 4×800’s- piece of cake! For some reason, I couldn’t get my head around it. I had good intentions to get to the gym at 5am when it opened, knock out the drills, then instruct spin starting at 5:30. Instead, I reset my alarm, got to the gym for class, and called it quits afterwards. Tuesday, I told myself. Tuesday, I will do my speed drills. Then, I text a running buddy to see if she’d join me on the track and learned she was running easy with another neighbor at 6am. Obviously, an easy run at the late hour of 6am sounds so much more palatable than track work alone… so I opted to join them instead and get Bisou out for a good run at the same time.
Then, I read this quote. Ok Nikki, enough excuses! I only have to get out there and do it! So, today after instructing spin class, I hopped on the treadmill and began my first 800 at a 7:08 pace. I wanted to quit. I contemplated shortening it to only a 400. But, I made myself stick with it. Thoughts were streaming through my head like “maybe I’ll just do 2…” but, really, what is the point of only doing 2 speed drills? I might not have started with them at all then! So, I pressed on. Halfway through my second 800, Nike’s slogan “just do it!” came to mind and then became my mantra for the rest of the run. Oh, the power of advertising! I realized I wasn’t wearing any Nike gear at all. Shoes- Mizuno. Shirt- Addidas. Shorts- Under Armour. I started wondering if I wore Nike, would that give me a constant push to “just do it!” ? Ahh… nice job Nike!
I’m happy to say I did finish all 4 800’s! And, by the last one, I was feeling better. My body just needed this wake up call and I’ll be hitting it hard next week!