The BTN Workout

There is a secret workout that gets me out the door every time, no matter if I’m exhausted, worn out, frustrated, or underslept. It’s called the BTN workout.

BTN = Better Than Nothing

Yesterday I was completely not interested in running 12 miles, which was in my workout plan for the 2014 Boston Marathon. I was simply not interested. I was very interested in the NFC Championship game which was to be held at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time. And I was, in no particular order: cranky, tired, not well rested, antsy for the game (I love love love sports anyway – see here for proof), and really interested in lounging in my PJ’s, hanging out with my husband and reading the Sunday New York Times, which is the best eight bucks I spend on reading material all week.

This is what I really wanted to do yesterday morning. I ran a BTN workout first.
This is what I really wanted to do yesterday morning. I ran a BTN workout first.

But I knew that skipping my run was not an option. So, on days like this, provided they’re not too frequent, I give myself an out. Go outside in weather-appropriate attire (it was 40 degrees yesterday morning in Seattle), and run for a minimum of six miles, and you’re done. (My BTN distance during non-marathon season is four miles.)

That’s a manageable yet slightly challenging distance, and I went kicking and screaming the whole way, and got it done. So there. And it was mighty fun to come home, post it to my social media accounts, and then see all of my runner friends who had done more or less the same thing: figured out how to fit in their workouts so that they actually got ’em done.

(And just a quick note that when I find those BTN days are too frequent, that’s usually a sign that I’m overtraining and need to revise my workout plan. Important to pay attention to, especially if you’re getting started on a new plan or coming back to regular workouts after some time off.)

Quote of the day:

“I believe in habits. I believe in certain techniques that you do to prepare yourself, and I think that’s important.”

– Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, quoted in the Seattle Times, January 17, 2014

Much more to come this week on the Seahawks and the master classes in concentration, goal setting and preparation that the team consistently demonstrates every week. But I really liked this quote – “I believe in habits.” That’s what #every48 is all about.

Yesterday’s #every48 workout: RUN – 6.4 miles, easy pace

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