Monday, July 2, 2012

The discipline of running

Clearly, I have no discipline when it comes to blogging (life & work have been overwhelming lately!), but when I was running yesterday, I started thinking about how much discipline is necessary for running.

To set the stage, it was 52 and raining when I got to the park for my run. Yes, on July 1st, 52 and raining. I know, I know, it could be 110 and smoldering hot, but I was not excited to run in the rain - AGAIN. And, as I conned myself into getting out of the car & committing to at least 6 miles (my training plan called for 9), I realized how much discipline goes into my running.

  • Getting my kids ready & out of the house when Michael travels, so I can take them to the gym & I can run.
  • Waking up at 5:00 am on week days so I can squeeze my run in before work.
  • Waking up early on weekends so I can eat & digest before my morning run, to minimize the impact to the family.
  • Planning my weekends around my run schedule.
  • Eating well before runs, because I've learned that valuable lesson many times of what poor pre-run fueling will do during a long run. ;-)
  • Planning & organizing every day, to create that window of time for running. Life is busy, & if it's not planned out, it will not happen.
  • Just the act of getting outside (or on the treadmill) is probably the hardest part for me right now. I do it, but I'm not going to pretend it's easy.

And, in huge/slightly scary news, I got asked to join a Hood to Coast relay team yesterday! One of their other members bailed, so I'm filling in. I'm super excited & very nervous to see which legs I get.

Much, much more to come, and after all of my hemming & hawing about my run yesterday, I ended up with my fastest 9 miler ever, and by far my most enjoyable long run. Boom! Love that.

Questions for you:
-Have you done a relay? Tips? Tricks?
-How should I think about training?
-What kind of discipline do you put into your running?


  1. I've done small relays if that counts? Nothing too serious though. I just have fun with them personally. :)

    As far as running...I try and focus on one large goal (for me Novemeber). I think that one workout won't make or break me but the week long workouts do!

    Have a great week! And great job on that 9 miler!

  2. I am so SO jealous your doing HTC, that's so cool!! I can't wait to hear all about it! Great job on getting out there and getting the run done :)

  3. Yay for Hood to Coast! I am doing it for the first time this year also and have been so focused on marathon training that I haven't put a lot of thought about what I should do to prepare for it yet.

    Running does take a lot of disclipline, especially when you have kids to worry about!

  4. Running is more complicated when you have kids, that's for sure!

  5. ahhh, hood to coast!!! good for you!

    running requires lots of discipline but more so (i imagine) when you have kids. not sure how you mommas find the time.

  6. That's so exciting that you got on the team! Hooray! I've never done a relay. In fact, I recently bailed on my ragnar team (sorry, team) because another race popped up that I had to take the opportunity to run. It made me sad though to dumb the ragnar.

    And nice job on a speedy nine miler.

  7. Fun - the relay sounds awesome - good luck! I've never done one, but they sound like a ton of fun!

    xoxo from Trinidad