Did anyone catch this interview on Sports Center this morning? Taking a page straight out of the Marshawn Lynch book for how to conduct an interview. Russell Westbrook must have the winter blahs too.
The time is quickly approaching that will mark Day #1 of my training plan. With the super awesome attack of the flu and other holiday ailments, my running took a major hit around Christmas and I feel like I am just now getting my paces and distances back up to where I was prior. I still feel like some days I have a troll living in my chest that likes to hurl balls of sputum (yum and gross) on occasion, but overall I am feeling much better. As is this little guy, after battling his share of the flu, he also has endured an ear and eye infection.
I am planning to use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. I am not choosing the Advanced plan because 1) I don’t feel advanced, 2) I don’t have that kind of time to dedicate to training (although I applaud those that do), 3) My body will self combust if I totally give up on cross training/strength training and the goal really is to get to that starting line, and 4) I’ve had success using the Intermediate plan before.
Using a 12 Week program will mean starting my training on February 1. So hopefully Mother Nature throws me a bone or two and keeps winter at bay and ushers spring in early. Or at least gives me a forecast for no snow on all Sundays for the next 12 weeks. I did a 6 mile run on the Treadmill of Doom and that was quite enough running staring at a styrofoam covered basement wall. I doubt I have the mental fortitude to withstand longer distances. I also don’t want to have another winter like last year where no runs occurred outdoors.
At least this weekend is offering warmer temperatures which should allow me to get outside. I haven’t run outside (as per my DailyMile records) since January 4. NBD. That’s only 2 weeks of nothing but treadmill running, dry basement air, and nothing but a stale smelling fan to keep me company. Bleah. Can you tell my motivation is not where it needs to be? How do you stay motivated during the winter? What is the temperature or weather conditions that you decide to can the outdoors running for indoor treadmill monotony?