Okay so the vacation is behind me and now here I am, wondering how the heck I am going to survive in this cold weather we returned to! Brrr! Thankfully I have some pretty wicked Mizuno breath thermo gear to keep me warm for running but I’m not quite sure I can get away with wearing it every single day, running or otherwise!
I’m also wondering how the heck I am going to get myself from where I am now to where I need to be in just 3-4 short months. I’ve been coasting since my last big race in October and I’ve noticed the old thighs seem to be a little jigglier than I’d prefer.
And it’s not just that. While my runs in Maui were awesome simply because of how scenic they were, my pace was pretty lacking. Even my ‘good’ runs were woefully short of the paces I’d like to be at right now.
It’s a good thing that I have a rock-solid training planlaid out for me (thanks Solana!). I even spent time on the plane getting it all written down in my agenda. And now that it’s in black and white in my planner, I’m pretty much committed to doing it, right? The agenda always makes things official…
The rest is up to me. Do the work and get out what I put in, right? I know there’s a really great motivational quote out there about putting in the work and I’d love to include it right here in this post but I’m drawing a total blank as to where I saw it. Oh well.
This one might be more appropriate anyway…
It’s time to get serious and buckle down. Time to reacquaint my feet and my body with the kind of hard work that was so second nature earlier this year. I know the ‘get’er done’ is still in me, I just need to dig it out and dust it off a little.
So to help out with that I’ve put together a little list of things I need to keep in mind from here on out:
  • Training runs are not an option. They just are. They will be done. Period.
  • My back & core strength becomes a priority again. Starting now.
  • Recovery is just as important as the runs themselves.
  • To improve, I have to get uncomfortable again. And that’s okay.
Do you ever make up little tenets or creeds to help you stay focused when chasing big goals?

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  1. Cori @ Read.Write.Run.Mom    

    You can totally do it, girlie!

    Love that ecard…that is 100% me right now. When I can force myself to run! I think we need the mojo jar again.

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Sad but true about the thighs. Know that mine are clapping for you too! Ha ha.

  2. Runner Leana    

    Nikki, you are so determined you will get there! I know what you mean about training runs not being an option, they just are. I feel the same way, particularly about swimming. Don’t think about getting home late, or feeling tired…don’t think at all. Just walk to the pool and swim.

    You can do this Nikki!!

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Leana – gotta get over the initial hump!

  3. Yuri Artibise    

    My tenet (adopted from a friend) is “Running longer, getting Stronger!”

    1. Nikki Scott    

      I love this one! Just might have to borrow it!

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