This week has been a struggle as far as workouts go. I feel like I have been playing mental games all week. You might be familiar with it. The conversation you have with yourself to get out the door and headed to your workout. The internal debate you have when the alarm goes off and you reallllllly don't want to get up and go to the pool but you KNOW if you don't do it early, you will either not make it to the pool at all or you might have to beg a person to share a lane with you later in the day when the pool is crowded.
This week has been all about the mental battle. Right now I am about 50/50 on making workouts. Dentist appointments, rain, planning a Christmas party for the store had me all off schedule this week. On top of that, I always am kind of blah around Christmas anyhow. Dysfunctional family. Long story. Weird because I love the decorations the lights, baking Christmas treats and the meaning behind Christmas. It is just the family stuff that makes it hard. So anyhow... toss that in with the rest and this week has been mentally challenging.
The funny thing about the challenge is once I get out there and actually do the workout I ALWAYS feel better. ALWAYS. So why is it so hard to talk myself into getting out the door sometimes? I annoy myself :)
So. very. true.
Tuesday's swim workout was a perfect example of how the tiniest things can make a huge difference in my mental game. The workout involved 6 x 150s, 200, 6 x 150s and a final 200 for 2200 meters. I loved that workout. For me, it was perfect. I like small chunks like that. Had it been 2 x 450s, 200, 2 x 450s, and a 200 for the same 2200 - I think I would have had a hard time getting excited about it. I would have done it but the snooze button might have been hit a few more times....
Yesterday, sleeping in, flu shots, a Christmas open house in a beautiful venue with yummy cupcakes and boxing up books to ship for my favorite Swim Bike Mom won out over my workout.
Today, it was a similar thing. I got a late start. I should have gotten my workout done in the morning. I didn't. I had some errands on the way home and sat in some ridiculous construction traffic. By the time I got home, it was not easy to get back out the door. (side note, I KNOW I need to workout in the AM for this very reason - once the day gets out of control it is hard to stay motivated). On tap today was hill repeats. I can't say that I have ever done them before. Prior to this marathon training plan, I pretty much had just been running straight mileage without worrying about any kind of speed workouts. I came *this close* to scratching the day. I finally got myself together and back in the car to head towards Stone Mountain. I did a little over a mile warmup then hit the hills for 7 two minute stretches. It felt so good. The weather was cool and December like today and the park was not crowded. It may be a sickness (in which case I blame the flu shot I got yesterday) but I loved that workout. I am going to try and work that in more often!
Tomorrow I am back at it with a run in the morning followed by some outlet shopping with an IronDiva! I won't hit the snooze, I won't hit the snooze, I won't hit the snooze....