It’s amazing how much more disciplined I am with my training when I have a simple piece of paper to follow. I think
some most people would think nothing of hitting snooze on their 5:20am alarm, foregoing a morning run to sleep until a normal hour. But not me. I’ve got a piece of paper telling me how far and how fast to run every day from now until November 7th, and that’s enough motivation to keep my hands off the snooze button. Let’s regress a bit…
I’ve always [read: since my senior year of high school] been the self-motivated type. Back then, I lacked consistent coaching as a swimmer, so I learned to push myself on my own with the help of others. Essentially, I realized that my swimming was only going to get better if I gained control of the situation. While teammates would do anything to get out of a practice, I made time to get in more practice. So I did workouts on my own written by siblings, other coaches, etc. Just me and a piece of paper.
Fast forward to college, and my self-motivating ability continued to grow. I voluntarily did double swim practices. Who does that? I’m crazy, I know. My teammates knew this too. We all knew. And when swimming season was over, while teammates enjoyed the down time, I grabbed some paper, wrote myself workouts, and swam on my own everyday. Again, a piece of paper was motivating me. I knew the piece of paper was my route to success. I didn’t want to let that piece of paper down. And I didn’t.
Okie doke – let’s hit fast forward >> It’s 2010 again. I’ve got just over two months until the NYC Marathon. This is a race I always watched on TV and said, I’m going to run that someday. But I never really believed it until now. And here I am, preparing for 26.2 miles that I’m not sure I can handle. But alas, the piece of paper. The piece of paper is telling me what to do to make it through 26.2 miles. And the piece of paper says I’m running a marathon on November 7th. We all know I can’t let that piece of paper down.
Side note: These two items are my saviors this week. Three cheers for The Stick and foam rollers! Helpin’ my hammy out one night at a time.
Three more cheers for another thing getting me through workouts this week. Just giving you a mini preview for now. I’ll have details tomorrow.
What’s helping you get through your training? What’s motivating your workouts? Are you self-motivated, or do you need to be pushed by others?