Moderation is something I majorly struggle with in many areas of my life. I’ve written about it several times before, but I feel like I am the prime example of all or nothing. I either eat perfectly, or eat everything. I either work out 5x a week or zero. I have six cocktails or I have none. I have an extremely productive day on the weekend or else I lay on the couch all day. You get the idea.
This comes true for me with running too. On my MCM training schedule, I had a 10.7 miler scheduled for Saturday of this past weekend. My plan was to wake up at 5am on Saturday and then go running with the Capital Hill Running Club. I’ve even started implementing Friday night movie nights so I still can do something, but it doesn’t involve alcohol and ends early. (I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love by the way and it was AWESOME – highly, highly recommend).
Well, long story short, even though I didn’t drink a sip Friday night and went to bed pretty early, when my alarm went off at 5:00 and then again at 5:15 on Saturday, I couldn’t convince myself to get out of bed and ended up missing the group run.
Instead of running 10.7 miles, I slept in late and wasted the day away on the couch, watching TV and maybe slipping a few beers in there to cope with the hurricane at hand.
Then yesterday came, and I realized it was my last chance to get a run in on the weekend. I tried and tried to convince myself to do the long run I had planned, but I was just NOT feeling it at all. Thinking about running more than 10 miles was making me cringe, but rather than letting another day go to waste, I headed up to the gym shortly after waking up. I decided to compromise with myself and bang out 6 miles on the treadmill in 58:32 (9:45 pace) and actually felt like a million bucks after.
And you know what? Normally, if I can’t do the whole run I have planned, I am really good at convincing myself to give up entirely and just not do anything. But this time, I knew that doing something would be better than doing nothing, even if I wasn’t up for the entire run on my schedule, and I think I made the right decision. My body, but mostly mind, needed a break, so I gave it one and stepped back on the mileage. Now, I feel ready to approach this week full force with training and actually feel quite refreshed from stepping back a bit!
I think the bottom line is that, no matter where you are, doing something is better than doing nothing. Going for a 15 minute walk is better than going for no walk just because you don’t have the 30 minutes or hour that you had planned. Doing The Shred for 20 minutes is better that skipping over cross training all together. Oh wait, that was a note to self, wasn’t it? =)