Eleven (11) months of my best running on the books last year.
One (1) month of injury and rest.
If you put them on a scale, the 11 months would win. HANDS DOWN.
If you put them in my head, and my head gets the better of me-1 lousy month of crap assery runs, pain, injury and "taking it easy"...works it's way slowly, craftily, almost slippery into the win column.
And this is how it happens for me.
You train, you run, you cross train, you run, you work, you run, you race, you run, you succeed, you run...
Then, in walks injury/life event/work/family/lack of motivation/parties/holidays or any number of reasons not to run. So you take a day off here, a couple there, before you know it a week or so and when you head out for your next run:
~I can't believe it's been so long since I ran
~I'm not sure I'm feeling this
~Crap, this is hard
~I should turn around now before I get too far
~Conditions don't seem favorable
So here's my challenge to
Turn each one of those doubts around and get back out there because you deserve it and you CAN succeed.
~It feels great to be running after some time off
~I'm out here despite of myself and my doubts
~Hard work now, results later
~Push just a little further today and strength returns
~There are no perfect conditions