Hospital Hill Bloggers Series
The last Hospital Hill blog post I wrote was a moderate level training plan you could use over the next few months. For this post, I would like to discuss sticking to the plan and following through with training.
For me, one of the hardest parts of training is balancing your running and your life.
Life will ALWAYS get in the way.
Throughout a three month training period you will always have reasons you don’t want to run.
And it’s not just you.
I have made every excuse in the book why I can’t run or don’t want to run. Here are my top reasons to skip a run:
- I am tired
- It is too cold
- It is too hot
- I’d rather go to happy hour
- I don’t feel good
- I don’t even like to run (in the last year all of my running buddies have yelled this at some point)
- I am on vacation
- I’m too busy at work
- I don’t want to run alone
- It is dark outside
All of those excuses are ones I make often. And I can only imagine how much harder it gets when you are balancing children and spouses too.
You will ALWAYS find an excuse why you can’t run, or why you shouldn’t run. But how you deal with these excuses is what shows on race day.
As you go through your training, think about WHY you are doing it. Are you running to complete your first half marathon and push yourself to new limits? Or to get back into the sport? Or to PR?
Whatever your purpose for running this race is, I will guarantee you that if you cave to the excuses you will pay for it when you start the race on June 1st.
You must stick to the plan to meet your goal. And you will be so much happier if you do.
The next time you consider skipping a run, think about WHY you are skipping and if you really need to skip. If you are injured or sick, it is OK and a good idea to sit it out. But if you are tired, cranky, hot, cold, etc. get that booty out on the pavement and run towards your goal!!
One of my best ways to deal with the excuses is to visualize the finish of my race, as I am meeting my goal. That right there, gets me outta bed every single time 🙂
Good luck these next few weeks!!!! I have enjoyed meeting so many of you over the last few weeks and hope to meet you in person on race day!
P.S. Consider volunteering for the race! I am working packet pick up on Thursday afternoon. (click here)