It has been almost 15 days since the New Year and I have logged a total of 9.18 miles since January 1st. I began the year with so much gusto and planned to run at least three days out of the week in order to prepare for the one and only half-marathon I am registered for. However, it seems like I’ve got more excuses than total mileage run.
Here are the reasons why I’ve not run:
- It’s too cold outside. Cold is relative, but for me, if it’s below 50, it’s too cold.
- It’s too windy out.
- It’s too dark in the morning.
- It’s too dark in the evening.
- I just ate and need to wait three hours before I can run.
- It’s been three hours since I ate and now I’m too hungry to go for a run.
I know those are all lame excuses, but the truth of the matter is, I don’t have an iota of desire to run. Despite the fact I really, really want to run a sub-2 hour half-marathon, I’m feeling the way I felt back in college when teachers assigned a major research paper. I’d tell myself I’d start working on it right away, but despite my efforts to “git-r-done,” I always found myself starting the paper the night before it was due.
While I understand training for a half-marathon and writing a thesis paper have two very different approaches, I’m just not feeling very motivated to run at the moment. I’m hoping it will click and that my enthusiasm to hit the road sends a tingle up my leg returns sometime before the end of the new year. Today though, I mourned my running apathy with a cinnamon bun and four chocolate chip cookies. After all, tomorrow is another day.
Have you been keeping up with your running? Do you have a hard time running during Winter? Have you ever seen the Movie Gone With the Wind?