One of my main goals with notrunning is that if it’s a training day then I run. No excuses.
And measurements are pretty important to guys.”
Obviously life can get in the way of this, things do happen. But for me in the last 8 months or so, I’ve only broken this rule twice. Once due to injury, an ankle pain was bad enough I pushed one training day off till the next schedule. And the other I’d had major dental surgery that morning and had to work a 40 hour day immediately after getting out of surgery for the closing of an M&A where we bought TiVo.
But for me and honestly I imagine for most people letting a day slide makes the next time easier. And the next easier. It’s much like dieting. You have a bite of cake. So the second bite is easier and before you know it you’re 2000 calories up and the next day you weigh yourself and you’re up 2lbs so obviously the dieting isn’t working so why bother.
One of the big benefits to me is the numbers game. I export all my numbers to SmashRun.com. It makes it super easy to see my real world improvement from week to week and month to month. I can see my average pace times go down over time. I can see my PR’s keep getting pushed down by new ones. So numbers and data are all there for the measuring. And measurements are pretty important to guys.
I think that for me that kind of carrot on my treadmill is a big incentive to keep putting on my shoes and heading out. And that obvious very visible improvement justifies making sure that every training day, I get out and run.
Even if like today, I end up doing a 15k training session that ends in me doing my first trail race and run immediately after it. So it was a 19K day for me, one quarter of which was getting off the paved road and running over rocks and dirt and up and down stupidly steep inclines for the first time since my paintball glory days back in the 80’s and 90’s.