Yesterday’s 5 mile tempo run really took a lot out of me for some reason. My legs felt sore and achy this morning and I felt sort of run down. I had to force myself to do some strength training at lunch time. I literally sat in the car for a good five minutes debating whether I should skip the gym and go to Target. Eventually, I made myself walk in. I did a quick NRLFW workout and was on my way.
One thing that I pride myself on is my ability to motivate myself to work out. Of course, I’d rather have gone to Target, but I knew that once I put on my workout clothes, I’d feel like working out and I was right. It’s all a big mental game and you have to know how to play it.
For me, since I’m training for a race, I have a set number of days that I’m supposed to run. The other days are marked as cross-train/rest. I make sure that I do all of the running days and then play it by ear whether or not I cross-train or rest. I always take at least one full rest day a week. Sometimes I give myself an additional day or two because I think it’s important to avoid burn-out.
And then I bargain with myself. Today, while I was daydreaming about Target, I tried to rationalize going to the gym after work. But I knew that, for one, I was tired but also that we’re having dinner guests tomorrow and I needed to get home and clean. After I did my half hour in the gym, I’d be free and it wouldn’t be hanging over my head. There’s nothing that I hate more than a workout hanging over my head. Okay, that’s a complete lie; I can think of a million things I hate more, but I still don’t like it!
I needed dinner to be easy tonight. After eating curry last night and again for lunch, I was not going to have it a third time for dinner. So I went with my go-to lazy night meal – pita pizza.
A little skimpy on the veggies, but so easy for a lazy night meal. I guess I could have sauteed some frozen peppers to put on the pizza, but I didn’t.
I guess I should probably be cleaning the house now. I wish I had some of my workout motivation when it came to cleaning.
Are you clean or messy?