When I looked out the window this morning at the cold wind and drizzly rain, the last thing I wanted to do was go for the 16K run-walk-run that I had scheduled for myself. It wasn’t so much the thought of running in the miserable weather, but the fact that I would be out there for a couple of hours and would likely feel like crap afterwards. But what was it I said a couple of weeks ago? No excuses, right?
Ok, so I had to go for a run, but maybe I could come up with a compromise and just do a shorter run today. I’ve got most of next week off work so I could easily get my long run in mid-week. It wouldn’t mess up my long term schedule and might actually be better as I could have a rest day before and after the long run.
So, before I could talk myself out of it, I got dressed, got out the door and headed for the seafront for a quick 5K. I decided it was going to be quick because the faster I ran, the sooner I could get back indoors to my nice warm dry flat – that’s what I call winter running motivation!
The wind wasn’t too bad this morning, except that it was coming from the North. This meant I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of a tailwind and, more annoying than that, the rain was constantly in my face and I kept having to wipe my glasses.
I set off at a decent pace and was running negative splits until the fourth kilometre, when I decided to take a bit of a walk break. It was just a short break, less than a minute, so it didn’t pull my pace down too much and I still managed to get a decent enough time of 31:53 (6:22 mins per kilometre), which is faster than I have run since July, even on shorter distances.
Walk break aside, I’m pretty pleased with the run and glad I made the call to postpone the long run. It’s still a far cry from a Sub 30 5K, but at least I’m heading in the right direction and getting closer to where I was before.
How’s your training going? Have you had to adjust your schedule because of the weather? How do you motivate yourself to get out and run on those days when you really don’t feel like it. Please share your thoughts in the comments.