Here’s a secret that many non-runners don’t understand.
We (At least) I don’t always want to run. I mean, I do, but I don’t.
Not all runs generate viral Instgram shots. They’re not all 45 degrees and sunny. They’re not all beautiful fall sunsets.
As I stand in the kitchen prepping my Tailwind for tomorrow’s 12 miler, I hear the wind howling outside. It’s November. In Michigan. It’s not really that unusual for this time of year, but this howlin’ session comes with 50mph gusts. And rain. There will be no stars. No Meteors. Just me and the rain and the wind.
By the way – mixing the Lemon w/caffeinated Raspberry rocks!
Couple that with a rough week that’s prevented me from running the last couple of days (the details don’t really matter at the moment) and prepping some Water Street coffee and sleeping in sounds much better at the moment.
I try to get at least one of my back to back long runs in during the work week. That gives me at least a Saturday night to enjoy with my wife, where I’m not crawling into bed at 9pm. And it gives me a morning to sleep in and cozy with her and the kids in the morning, watching
Monkey George Curious George.
But that means getting up at 3am tomorrow. And with 3am will come the November howlin’ wind and some rain. It will be a mental test in the morning. Am I complaining? Eh, not really. It’s kinda why I love this shit. But even though I love it, doesn’t mean I always want to do it until it’s done.
And that brings me to another secret – I’ve never woken up early for a run and then regretted it after the fact.
So while there are days I don’t always want to run, I know in the end it’s worth it and I’ll most likely enjoy it in the end. That’s what I mean by I do, but I don’t. At this very moment I don’t, but thinking about how I’ll feel post run, I do.
After all, it’s only early if you’re still in bed and ultras don’t run themselves. Who else is in for an early run tomorrow?
I wish I could experience that post run feeling in the early morning. I am still yet to go on a morning run at home. How do you get out of bed? I give myself a list of excuses and convince myself it’s a bad idea… then regret that decision a few hours later!!
The tricks that typically help me are – getting my running gear ready as the last thing before bed, telling myself I’ll get up to run after I get in bed and drink a big glass of water as soon as I wake up. Blogging / tweeting about my run the night before helps too – helps keep me accountable.
Good luck! It’s tough some days, but I think morning runs are the best!
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