Thursday I wanted to run. The kids slept in, so I slept in. The heat and humidity seemed to rise with every passing moment. I would run later in the day I reasoned. When my husband came home I told him I wanted to run, if not now then later, but I wanted to run.

I wanted to run but I didn’t want to run. I was tired and seriously lacking in motivation. I completely overate at dinner, to the point that my stomach hurt. I looked a couple of months pregnant when I looked in the mirror.

We got the kids to bed and I still could not find the energy to get dressed. The thought of running outside in the heat made me sick, but not as sick as the thought of running on the treadmill.

So I took my own advice…..

If you do not have the energy to run, but know you want to run or need to run – get dressed – head out the door – and run 1/2 a mile. If at that point you want to turn around and run 1/2 a mile back home, then do it. Call it a day and tell yourself that tomorrow is another day.

I’m betting at that 1/2 mile mark, you will find that you had more energy than you thought you had. That the thought of going home after you already made the effort to get out the door, will keep you going.

Thursday night I was on twitter, procrastinating and reasoning with myself that another skipped day would be okay. I saw another mom had posted that she was about to head out of the house, even though she was a. tired and that it was b. hot and that c. there was crazy humidity. That is all I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and go run. If she could do it – I could do it.

4 miserable miles later I was happy. Sure they had been hot. Sure I was sweaty and my stomach still hurt from too much food…..but even the worst of runs are runs….and every run I GET TO GO ON is a gift.

Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 8:43
Mile 3: 8:43
Mile 4: 8:30

Friday morning I set my alarm and tried to beat the heat. 5 miles pushing the kids in the triple seemed like some of the hardest miles of my life. I kept telling my mind that stroller runs make me stronger, that they make all other runs feel easier. Embrace the pain.

Mile 1: 9:26
Mile 2: 9:13
Mile 3: 8:55
Mile 4: 8:44
Mile 5: 8:55

This morning I ran 14+ miles with friends!!

I am continually amazed at how nice it is to run with adults when you are used to running alone or with little people.

I over talk the whole time. Why? I’m excited!

Excited to be running and not pushing more than my body weight in little people. Excited to be with friends. Excited to have adult conversations. Excited……

Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 8:07
Mile 3: 7:54
Mile 4: 7:44
Mile 5: 7:57
Mile 6: 8:18
Mile 7: 7:50
Mile 8: 8:02
Mile 9: 7:59
Mile 10: 7:46
Mile 11: 7:37
Mile 12:  7:40
Mile 13: 7:46
Mile 14: 8:42

The pace range I am trying to hold for my long runs is between 7:45 – 8:45. I’m really pleased at the pace I was able to maintain for my 2nd 14 miler of this training cycle!! My mind believes in me.



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Comments

  1. Allison says:

    Great job! For me, it's 5 am or BUST. It's not even safe here to run during the day anymore. We are well into triple digits + extra humidity (monsoon season is a month early apparently). So unless I get up early it won't get done. I HATE the treadmill and it is an absolute last resort (i.e. only if my husband is out of town).

    I tell myself, "This is what I do. I get up and run." Just like how I brush my teeth twice a day, eat breakfast, shower, take care of kids, etc…. It's just what I "do." So it kind of takes the motivation factor out of it. Motivation is irrelevant! Getting up early to run is what I do. Kind of random but it helps me, especially as the temps here become UNBEARABLE and running, quite honestly, is becoming a bit of a chore.

    Plus, I always feel better after I run. Always.

  2. Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS says:

    My run was 8.18 miles this morning! I thought of you when I saw my garmin :)

  3. awesome! way to push yourself to get it DONE!!!! ive been seriously lacking motivation, but somehow managed to drag myself out for a 5 miler. its a daily struggle in this kind of weather. thanks for reminding me how to make myself do it on the days i dont want to!

  4. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Allison – I love that! Great advice :) I'm going tro try to remember that next time I need motivation.

    Courtney!! – YAYAYA :) 8.18 is the best 😉

  5. Penny says:

    The heat and humidity real do zap it out of you. Several weeks ago I had know motivation. I hate when I get like that. I got my mojo back and loving it. I am a early morning runner and that help to beat some of the heat. Glad you got out there and got're done.

  6. Christy says:

    Great job on all your runs!!!! It has been crazy hot here. Last night 8 miler about did me in but I did somewhat like you did. My stomach started hurting at mile 2.5 so I walked a little I told myself if at mile 3 I wasn't better that I would turn around and head home. But I didn't….5 miles later I was hot, thirsty and tired but I finished my run strong!!!

    Thanks for such wonderful inspiration!

  7. mickiruns says:

    Great job momma. Humidity is no joke, and just thinking about it is a nuisance sometimes – props to you woman!!

  8. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    Awesome! And yes, running with a jogging stroller does make us stronger!

  9. SupermomE12 says:

    Taking All the challenges… heat, humidity, tiredness, overfull bellies, TRIPLE strollers… and running through them instead of using them as excuses, is what makes you as awesome as you are. GREAT job! Hugs!

  10. Chris @ Heavy Steps says:

    Great job! Sometimes my best runs are when I didn't want to go out and do them. Glad you got them in. Great job on your 14 miles today as well.

    I love to talk with friends when I run. It makes the miles fly by.

  11. XLMIC says:

    You are just incredible. That triple stroller trick just blows me away :) Great runs!

  12. Motivation says:

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