I have been kicking and screaming my way through not showing up to my running group’s weekly track workout for a while now. I have excellent excuses, of course – don’t we all? It’s at 6:30 at night and I’m a morning person. It’s in Seattle and I live in Bellevue, so I have to cross a bridge at rush hour. Unless, of course, I work from Seattle on Wednesdays – something I can easily do since I work for myself. I get tired by 6:30 p.m. I get hungry by 6:30 p.m. It gets dark in the winter by 6:30 p.m. Blah blah blah.
All I want to do sometimes is hibernate.
So this post is my ode to just showing up. When you don’t want to do something, when you just want to hibernate, when you just want to stay inside in your safe space – that’s exactly the right time to bust out of your comfort zone and show up. When you show up to a coached workout, that’s even better, because you’ll be able to just go on autopilot and let the coach tell you what to do.
That’s how I got my workout in yesterday, which just happened to be National Running Day. I worked from Seattle. I had a snack midafternoon. (Not a super-duper-healthy snack, but I’ll work on that one.) I sat at a coffee shop and sipped blueberry iced tea before the workout. And then, I showed up, started running – and finally got to that happy place.
That’s what I’ve got today. When in doubt about getting in your workout, just show up.
Yesterday’s #Every48 workout: TRACK – a speed workout that included a 1-1/4 mile warmup; 4×100 meters at about 25 seconds per 100; and 3 of the following set: 500 at “Yasso 800” pace, 100 walk, 800 at “Yasso 800” pace, 200 walk. A half-mile cooldown jog to finish it off. About 5-3/4 miles total on a beautiful early summer evening in Seattle.