The other day Cheryl commented that marathon training is so mental. Now that’s the TRUTH. As much as I love running there are some days where the thousands of other things I am responsible for get in the way of my ideal run.
Let’s look at yesterday as an example. I had a to be up and out of the house early for a client meeting. I tried to take a selfie with Cecil before I left, but he didn’t want to look at the camera.
I don’t always take selfies with Cecil, but this particular time it really amused me. You see, the client I met with is in the Pet Retail industry and the presentation I gave was (partially) on marketing to narcissistic pet parents who are part of the millennial generation. You might say I know a thing or two about that demographic : )
Afterwards my boss and I hit up our HQ for a minute before heading out to a lunch meeting.
Nothing like walking to lunch under the baking hot sun. As a runner I’m obviously not afraid of a little sweat, but I HATE sweating in my work clothes.
It’s all good though, the lunch meeting was interesting and I think I’m going to have some rather exciting career news to share soon. But I’m under NDA now so I won’t say any more just yet!
Around 3pm back to the office I went to catch up on the day’s work…since I was out of the office for a good portion of the day I didn’t get home until LATE.
I immediately grabbed half a bagel, threw on my running clothes and flew out the door. I hit mile one hard (it was speedwork night) but after that the full weight of the day seemed to come down on my shoulders and I fizzled out.
Isn’t it funny how one day a faster pace can feel easy and the next day that same pace is a struggle?
I really think whenever this happens it’s a good example of how all the things outside of running impact our training.
I was tired because I had to get up a couple hours earlier than I normally do. My daily routine was disrupted by the two meetings that had me out of the office a good portion of the day. I had to run later than I like.
All of these little things add up and mentally fatigue me as a runner. They bond together to form the little devil on my shoulder that says, “you don’t need to run faster, just slow down, it’s okay. Who care’s if it’s speedwork night? You’re not an elite runner, just go at a comfortable pace.”
I really need to learn to block that little voice out, it’ll make life so much easier! ; )
Sorry that I rambled a bit today and probably gave you TMI about my day outside of running. I guess I just needed to get all of that out on ‘paper.’
How do you silence the little voice that says “let’s just take it easy today”?
Want to brag about anything? I’m in the mood to hear some positive stuff!