Monday, January 27, 2014

i'm not unmotivated, i'm just rational

over the weekend, i complained a lot about the winter we're having.







and then i complained some more to my boyfriend, as i laid on the couch putting off an 11 mile run. as usual, he says something ingenious,

"you're not unmotivated, you're just being rational."

come again? he explained that it wasn't that i didn't want to run - because i did - but i was conflicted with how rational it was to run, given the weather; sub zero temperatures, accumulating snow that hadn't been plowed or shoveled, inability to run locally because of safety concerns... he said that if the weather was different, i'd be out and running, but because its been so crappy, my dilemma is more aligned with "is it smart to go out and run" rather than "am i just being lazy."

and it makes sense. and he's right. i have been motivated to go out and run, even though i'm not working towards a PR and despite my foot problems. i enjoy running. all of the runs i've had to cut short or cut out have been due to concerns with how smart it was for me to go outside and run. 

after this little pep talk, i decided to attempt my 11 mile run. 5.25 miles in, i knew i needed to call it quits. i had been shuffling, leaping, hopping through ankle deep snow/ice and the temperature was starting to drop. my foot and toes were hurting. the decision came down to this: would i rather be so stubborn to get these 11 miles in, and risk injuring myself and not being able to run the race in february, or would i rather be happy that i made it out at all, and risk that i can't run the whole race at a faster clip, but can still get to the finish line?

the decision was easy.

i need to think about the rest of my training this way. one stupid decision to push things during winter could mean being out of running all spring, and i don't want that. so if i can't get in all of my mileage each week, then thats the way it is. at least i know i'll still be able to make it to the starting line come february, setting myself up for success come spring.

how are my winter runners doing out there? ready to buy a treadmill? :)



18 comments:

  1. That is actually a great comment! I think it's unusually cold everywhere. No warm in skipping a run ( or shortening it) for your own safety! Good call!
    P's: I have a treadmill and don't use it, so I guess that makes me officially "unmotivated". I have an excuse though...haha

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    1. Blame the Polar Vortex (a buzz word I'm completely sick of, btw)!!

      I think if I had a treadmill now, I wouldn't use it as much as I tell myself I would, but you never know!

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  2. Your boyfriend is quite insightful! I don't think I ever would've thought to look at it like that, but he's really right. Also, this weather is DEFINITELY making me wish I had a treadmill!

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    1. Agreed on both fronts. I think I go through this treadmill symptom every year, and then I'm always thankful come spring/summer that I didn't buy one. Maybe when I have a big house and a home gym, I'll buy one :)

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  3. Sadly, I am just unmotivated. Here is sunny So Cal the weather is annoyingly warm ( I know, I know) AND I have a treadmill but hate using it. I just need to pull myself together and be thankful for what I have.

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    1. I'm sooo jealous!!! Sometimes we just need a break - hopefully you aren't being too hard on yourself!

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  4. My mother-in-law made my year by getting me a treadmill for Christmas! It's not fancy but it does the job with absolutely necessary. I just cannot do the winter running. I gave it my all, I did. I even went out in the snow, thinking it would be :"fun" like running in the rain...uh...NO. Not unless breaking your neck is fun! Too slippery, I take all day to warm up and it feels harder. and I'm ok with that! If it's under freezing, I hit the treadmill or save my legs for a warmer day. I'm learning very quickly that NOTHING is worth an injury!

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    1. LUUUCKY!!!!!

      You are so right: running in snow does not equal the satisfaction that running in the rain can provide. No way, no how.

      Glad we're getting to be smarter runners - nothing is worth an injury! Need to keep the stubbornness and pride at bay.

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  5. I'm dreaming of my own treadmill! I won't run outside in this cold, so I have to get myself to the gym first thing in the morning for my workouts...and unfortunately it's really difficult when all I want to do is hibernate right now. I know that if i had my own treadmill, I would not have an issue getting in my workouts! I cannot wait until springtime!

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    1. I'm impressed you can get up early and go to the gym! Kudos to you, I wish I could do that. I would loooove to be a morning person! I will try once spring/summer rolls around... seems to be easier to get the motivation then.

      And +1 to hibernation. I wish I could do that as well

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  6. I think you made the right decision to cut it short - when things are hurting and you're risking injury, it's best not to push through just for the sake of a few extra miles.

    I'm lucky I've been able to run a lot at an indoor track at my gym and also another large indoor track facility near where I live. I don't think I would survive the winter otherwise!

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    1. I think I need to get more comfortable with the track. It sounds like its been a life saver for a lot of winter runners. But like the treadmill, its such a mental suck for me. Maybe the mental training will be good... I know it would be, anyway!

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  7. smart girl! I have a treadmill and it has been my lifesaver. We have had 2 days that have been above 50 and I ran outside on both of those days. This week I'll be doing that 5 mile run on my treadmill (more like a run/walk) hopefully my foot will cooperate

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    1. I think my plan is to get a treadmill in our next home - where we have space for it and it will actually get used. Right now, my home is too small and it would go in a basement we never use. Wouldn't be a smart investment.

      Hope your foot is ok!

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  8. Glad you cut your run short, you definitely made the right decision! I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill, but I've been using it a lot over the past few days. Spring, come soon!! :0)

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    1. Yup, love/hate relationship - I know it too well! I think I would be better about it if I had a private treadmill at home. I don't find a ton of motivation at the gym, being surrounded by people... kinda weird, but just how it is!

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  9. You're so right! I've been heading indoors to hit the treadmill even though I never do more than 3-4 miles on it, some days it's better than nothing. I go outside when I can and just try not to beat myself up too much. I did hurt my knee doing a 5k on a really snowy day and didn't run for a little over 2 weeks because of it. It's definitely better to stay safe and be able to hit the roads in the Spring :)

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    1. Hope your knee is better!

      And I am completely coming to my senses - no point getting myself worked up about not being able to complete a training program in winter. I'd rather be able to run healthy and strong in spring! Which is now my most important goal :)

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