Within the past couple of days I have found myself in a few different conversations about running. That fact is not uncommon for me, and I generally enjoy the conversations. It wasn’t until after all the conversations that I realized each one, though with someone different, contained a common theme: the need for change from a routine.
One of the ways I have found that helps keep me disciplined while training for a marathon is to find a schedule and routine that works. Knowing I will wake up at this time, and run that trail, and eat this cereal each and every morning, puts my mind at ease. I no longer worry about trying to figure out the best path to run, or what to eat to ensure proper nutrition. The schedule and routine eliminates some of the variables. Yet, at the same time it can also make everything turn bland and dull. The excitement for running is not quite as high as it once was. The freedom experienced on the trail morphs into dread of the one long hill. What once was seen as a challenge is now viewed as an excuse to not run. The key? Change it up.
Recently I have pretty drastically changed my running patterns, and it has been absolutely exhilarating. For weeks I would run the same path because it was moderately challenging, had easy access and easy to navigate. But it quickly became dull. I haven’t traveled down that path for two weeks now. It’s great. I habitually listened to a playlist carefully crafted for runs. But the songs lost their motivational power. Rather than igniting a spark to push harder, I was counting the seconds until the song (and the run) was over. Change it up. A new playlist. Maybe, no music at all.
Changing my routine by altering a few minor things has helped bring a new positive step to the marathon training regimen. If you are struggling with motivation, feeling apathetic toward training…change it up.
This morning I had another shipment of books arrive in my office which created a lot of excitement for me. I have been in communication with a group and they have agreed to purchase 70 copies of the book. With this sale, and a few others that have recently come in I have eclipsed the 200 mark. The excitement I have for this is beyond what I ever thought possible. My original goal was to sell 100 copies, and within the first three months I have not only reached my goal, I have doubled my goal.
I am very humbled and excited to have reached this point. I am grateful for your investment in this project, and I hope you are not disappointed.
Thank you for all of your emails and notes. They have touched me and brought me great encouragement. Thank you for continuing to keep an eye on this blog as I strive to update it and generate some followers.
Lately in Germany the weather has been pretty terrible for running. It has hovered right around freezing meaning it’s either snowing, raining, or some odd combination of the two. It hasn’t been cold enough for the snow to accumulate that much on the road, but enough that the roads are slippery in spots and wet enough that puddles form (and if you step in the puddles as I did tonight…they are filled with COLD water!)
This past Christmas I anticipated having to run in some frigid temperatures so I purchased a pair of running pants similar to the ones pictured above. All I can say is that they were worth every penny. They are quite comfortable, but above all they keep my legs warm. I feel like my legs are the warmest part of my body and I rarely feel any cold on my legs. I realize they may be a little goofy looking for some, but I don’t really care what I look like as long as I am warm.
So if you are trying to get some runs in during the cold winter months, I highly encourage you to invest in some great running pants. You won’t regret it.