Marathon training is no joke. Getting up early for a 20 mile long run is a huge mental struggle for anyone. While I LOVE running and racing, I HATE doing LONG training runs. Hate may even be putting my dislike for them mildly. I dislike them so much that I skipped doing my long run last week entirely, then skipped the long run on Saturday due to rain, but finally got it done on Sunday morning.
Happy to be done my run!
I spent my ENTIRE 20 mile run daydreaming about the amazing things I could be doing instead of running 20 miles:
- Sleeping in, go figure.
- Cuddling with my kids – the only thing better than sleeping in is a lazy morning of cuddling.
- Relaxing by the pool with my morning coffee.
- A breakfast date with the family.
- Watch one of my kids play a sport: hockey, soccer, gymnastics, softball…
- Tackle mount laundry (yes – even laundry beats 20 solo miles).
- A relaxing bubble bath.
- Read a book.
- Mow the lawn – there never seems to be enough time to do this but I enjoy it so much!
- Take the kiddos to the park.
- Surf the web, read blogs, stalk people on Facebook.
- Go grocery shopping.
- Pull weeds from my “garden”.
- Play catch with my girls.
- Clean the house.
- Go for a bike ride with the kids.
- Bridesmaid dress shopping with my fellow Bridesmaids in best friend Laura’s wedding.
- French braid Sierra’s hair.
- Put together puzzles with Amber.
- Cuddle up and help Brooke with her reading.
Training for a marathon is a trade-off, even though there are so many things to do other than working out or running, beating the “I don’t wannas” and getting out there will make you so glad that you did and come race or game day you will be rewarded for your efforts!
What would you rather do than run 20 miles?