I ain’t talking about the end of the world, that happened last year as the Mayan’s predicted. I’m talking about your training. Every day is one day closer to the end. I reminded myself this a couple times this week already. Why? Not because I wasn’t enjoying it (I was…kind of), but it was hard. I had to remind myself that I will need the strength I’m growing now when my race(s) come later.
Lemme splain. In high school soccer, our coach ran us into the ground in preseason training. We had 3-a-day summer practices, starting at like 5am and finishing at dusk. People be pukin everywhere. But he kept reminding us that we were going to need the fitness we were gaining not then, but a few months later when playoffs started. In the middle of July, he kept saying we were training for October. He was right. We were faster, stronger, fitter, then every team we played. When October came around, we never got tired.
So when I woke up the other day and saw “hill repeats” on the schedule, it was not only tempting to get back in bed, but to skip the hills for just an easy run. But then I remembered, I’m not training for October, I’m training for January. Every hill repeat I did, I reminded myself that come race day, I’ll be glad I did these now. Same in the gym…when my legs were screaming from all my walking lunges and I wanted to skip a set, I reminded myself that I’ll need this strength in a few months.
If it was easy, everyone would do it, right? We have to do the hard stuff now, so that we’re injury-free, fitter, and stronger later.
So if you have a training this week, remember that you’ll be glad you did it come race day. If you have a race this weekend, remember that you did the time, you did the work, and you’ll be ready to go!
What about you? Did you ever do a workout you didn’t want to do and afterwards wish you hadn’t? I doubt it, ha! What upcoming workout are (not) looking forward to, but will destroy anyway?