Today wraps up week 11 of IM training for me and this week was tough. Really tough. Mentally and physically. I’m not sure if I can put my finger on any one particular reason why – it just was. Maybe it was the time change, not enough sleep, not enough calories, work. I’ve got a list a mile long. Luckily, I know that my list is filled with excuses that I will have to get over if I’m going to reach my race and fitness goals this year. Ironman competitor Jacob Sharff put it best when he said, “Everyone’s got excuses. I have excuses. But, be stronger than your excuses and get it done.” Mr. Sharff, that’s my plan!
I’m looking ahead to week 12 with excitement. 1. It’s a fresh start. Whatever happened this past week is just that – the past. 2. It’s race week!! Nothing motivates me more than a race. This coming weekend I’ll be hitting the streets of Atlanta, Georgia for the Publix Georgia Marathon. And, while I know my results won’t be what I would like due to lower run mileage as I tried to balance IM training and marathon training, I know it’s a chance to see what I’m made of. It’s a chance for me to learn something new about myself. Another opportunity to be thankful for the health and fitness I have, no matter what time I cross the finish line (or don’t).
What’s your motivation for the week?