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The Performance Life

When You Just Don't Want to Train

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Earlier this week, I had one of those days.

Finishing up homework until the early morning hours the night before, I woke up after only about two and a half hours of sleep. My schedule didn’t cut me a break either: Classes all morning, a three-hour seminar in the afternoon, and a lecture in the evening. I’m sure you all know what kind of day it was going to be.

But on top of that, my training calendar informed me that I was supposed to run eight miles as well, the longest run so far. I was about ready to turn around and call it a day.

Nevertheless, I went to class, only to receive a test result, which I wasn’t very happy about. When my schedule cut me a two-hour break, I told myself that only in my third week of marathon training, I couldn’t miss a crucial run like this. So I dragged myself down to the gym, put on my shoes and got ready to run a route I mapped out earlier.

Thirty minutes into my workout, I found a gear I thought I didn’t have. It ended up being the best run of my training thus far, and actually left me energized for the rest of my day. I know that from this day on, whenever I have an awful day, I will remind myself of this and power through.

Tags: College, Running, Race, Motivation