It’s all about the baby steps :)
For a few weeks now, I’ve had serious trouble staying motivated and getting out to run. Mostly, it’s been the hard days that I’ve skipped. Which is so silly, bc the hard days are the ones that get you the PRs! Anyhow, I realized last week, that a great motivator for me is new things.
New shoes? Sure, I’ll go for a 6 mile run to come back to that!
New compression socks? Well, I’ll go for a run to test them out!
I clearly like receiving things in exchange for a run. So, if it’s not broken, why fix it? Just work with it! And work with it, I did! I promised myself, that if I did a speed day AND a recovery run this week, I could earn a new pair of compression socks. I did my tempo run yesterday. Although it sucked (ALOT), I powered through, thinking about my new sweet socks. So this afternoon, around 4:30, when all I wanted to do was fall asleep, I quickly thought of those colorful compression socks. And then I went out for a run :)
And now, a new pair of compression socks will be mine! :) Which color should I get? Blue? Green?
So you see, that simple step has me one step closer to my race goal. Which, btw, has been altered a bit. Originally, my goal was to get a PR for the GW Parkway Classic. Last year, I finished in 1:27, so this year I wanted to go under that. Since I don’t think my body is where it was last year, I’ve changed it to just go under 1:30, which is about a 9min/mile pace. 1:27 would be great, but I’m not willing to hurt myself for this PR. I still have MCM to look forward to!
AND, if I go under 1:30, I will have earned myself a new running watch! I’m already doing lots of research in preparation!
Granted this new method of motivation will prob make me poor really quickly, but it will also make me run! And a running Daphne is a happy Daphne! :)