Thursday, August 29, 2013

Is it lack of motivation or just giving the body a rest

The family at the Color in Motion Run at Qualcomm Stadium 

I haven't posted for a few days because I haven't really done much running this week.  Since my long run last Thursday I have only done 2 runs (not counting the Color Run Saturday morning which was more like a Color walk).  One run was Monday morning before school/work for 3 miles and then another on Tuesday at the gym for 3 miles.  The run on Tuesday was especially disappointing since it was my day off and usually I get in a long run on those days.  With Aiden in school now my day off is a designated day for me to take care of myself. 

I bought a new computer a couple of weeks ago.  I am now completely Apple in my house.  I have an iphone, ipad and now a Mac computer.  Tuesday when I was supposed to run I was playing on my Mac.  Not really playing but trying to get my music set up and my documents transferred.  2 hours on the computer went by in an instant and before I knew it was 11am and waaaay to late to run outside in this heat.  So off to the gym I went.  I have a membership at 24 hour fitness that I keep paying and hardly use.  It costs me $30 a month so that run on Tuesday was a $30 run because I probably won't go back for at least a month.  I love to run on beautiful trails like Torrey Pines or Lake Hodges and I strongly dislike running on a treadmill in a crowded gym with stinky people running next to me.  Well, most don't stink but this one guy got on next to me and he was pretty offensive.

My question, though, is on these weeks when I run lightly am I lacking motivation i.e. being lazy or is it a good natural break for my body?  I do stress out when I go more than 2 days without a run and I worry I will slack more and more if I don't get out there whenever I have the chance.  I know many serious runners (am I a serious runner??) run 5-6 times per week.  I find I get resentful of the run if I do more than 4 a week.  I feel like it is work then.  But I do want to improve and when the time comes to really step it up for the Marathon, which I am thinking will be about 6 months prior to the race, I will probably have to run more often.  Will I be able to do this? 


  1. Without a question, yes, you will be able to do this!!!! I've learned that while you do need to be prepared physically, long distances are even more mentally and emotionally challenging. You've got this!!!

  2. Thanks for the support Briana. I will probably need it more and more when I get closer to doing the actual marathon. I appreciate it!