Motivation for running faster=dinner on the table

By Skip

As described in Wikipedia, “motivation is defined as the activation of goal-oriented behavior.” Motivation comes in strange places and at strange times.  Each person must dig deep and find out what makes him or her tick and what it will take to push themselves to levels they never thought possible.  Let’s look what was on my schedule for today before I describe my motivation for today, and yes, I do think that that the base of motivation can change from day to day regardless of the goal:

  • WU: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2 (Low Aerobic)
  • MS: Run 40 minutes @ Pace Zone 3 (Moderate Aerobic),
    • Run 40 Minutes @ Pace Zone 4 (High Aerobic)
  • CD: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2

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Anybody who has been following along with me for a while knows that Monday is normally my day off, from running, that is.  I swapped my days around as I ended up taking my day off yesterday due to being at the Miami Dolphins game and coming home with a huge headache that never went away.  That could have had something to do with the beer and peanuts that I had while I was there.

Today I kind of miss-planned my run distance and when I hit mile 7 I realized I was behind schedule…. behind schedule meaning my wife was making dinner and I told her I would only be gone for an hour and a half.  This caused me to pick up the pace, substantially.  Ah-ha…. my motivation is food!  Today it was because my wife was making and AWESOME dinner and also I had planned a longer run and did not get started on it until I got home from work.  This makes for a late dinner and I would be inconveniencing her as well.

Having finished and reflecting on this workout, let me tell you, I can easily see myself running a sub 1 hour 30 minute half marathon…. no problem.  That will be my goal for next February’s A1A half race.  My legs felt pretty darn good when I got home and I didn’t feel like I worked too hard.  And yet I feel like I put out really good effort.

The last five miles I was running an average 7:00 pace!  That means if I would have time to run one more mile (plus point one) I would have run my best 13.1 in about an hour and forty-five minutes!  Like I said, having run that pace for the last five miles, I really think I could have held a 7’15” pace then entire distance from start to finish.

On a side note, I got some great news that a couple good friends of mine finished their first half Ironman successfully!  Congrats to all of you that push yourselves and have found YOUR motivation.

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Filed in: Running • Monday, November 15th, 2010

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