Sometimes thoughts of running occur more frequently than instances of running. This particularly applies to the first three weeks of marathon training as I attempt to establish routines in the midst of what feels like nonstop transition. For me, routines are self-perpetuating. The existence of a routine contributes to the maintenance of the routine. Once developed, it requires little effort. Establishing a routine, though, is the hard part. My current problem is struggling to understand why a routine is necessary (of course it’s necessary! Marathons and whims don’t really go together), so my good intentions are easily derailed.
Here is a collection of excuses (some valid, most not) that have crossed my mind recently
- I’m not familiar with this area
- I didn’t map out a new route ahead of time
- There aren’t any sidewalks on these roads (actually, this is a semi-valid excuse)
- I have to walk the dog
- I stayed in bed too long and now there will be more cars on the road
- I’ll get to it later today (didn’t happen)
- Today will be a yoga day (which also didn’t happen)
- My knee has that funny twinge, can’t push that too hard
- I only slept X hours last night
- I ate too recently
- I’m on-call (Not a valid excuse. Being on-call doesn’t mean I can’t run, it just means my running radius is drastically reduced)
- It’s raining (though several people I have talked to agree with me that running in the rain is fine, even enjoyable at times, but starting a run while it is currently raining means summoning every last reserve of will-power and determination)
- I’ll add extra miles to my run tomorrow
- Whooo boy, that heat index! (Also a valid excuse)
- I won’t have enough time to get ready before work
- I’ll be fine if I miss one day of training
- I can’t even
And some thoughts that cross my mind when I reflect on my non-running
- Dang, I wish I’d gone for a run today!
- But what will I blog about?