I can’t believe that tomorrow marks four months since I started training for the Twin Cities marathon this October. So far I have run 217 miles! Most people probably don’t start training that early for a marathon. However, since this is my first marathon and I just started running, the first half of my training is simply a mileage build-up plan. I am trying to stick to the plan as much as I can. The plan on most weeks has me running five days, but I usually have only been running four days a week. Once the actual marathon training starts I’ll kick it up to five days a week. Not only am I running, but three out of my four days I am riding the bike for 20 minutes, doing the stair climber for 10 minutes, and completing an ab/arm/back/shoulder workout. Yes, I am slightly crazy. I am usually at the gym 2.5 to 3 hours a day. Sundays are reserved for my long run and that is all I do that day. I try to do my long run outside. However, lately I feel like I live in Seattle because all it does is rain! Today was another LONG run on the treadmill.
Before I go any further I would like to give a shout out to my friend Chuck Ramsay. I started out as his inspiration, and he has since become mine. Within the last month or two, Chuck started running and doing P90X. It’s not fair because he is averaging a much faster pace than I am, and that is why he is now my inspiration. I need to start running with him so I can improve my pace! One thing I think Chuck has going for him is that he doesn’t run on a treadmill. Most of my running has been on the treadmill and I realize I think this is what is holding me back.
When you run outside your body dictates your natural pace.
When you run on the treadmill you manually set your pace. There is nothing natural about the treadmill. When I do my long runs outside I have realized I actually do run faster than I do when I am on the treadmill. I know this because I am mixing running with walking and still have a faster average pace than when I run on the treadmill. I need to quit limiting my potential and start running outside more often.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook may have seen me post this yesterday. “You can be comfortable, or outstanding, but you can’t be both.” There is nothing more true than this. Most people choose to be comfortable because it is easy and doesn’t require any work. To be outstanding requires constant growth and improvement, both of which take you out of your comfort zone. I choose to be outstanding. My longest run so far has been nine miles and I can tell you there was nothing comfortable about it. Nor will there be anything comfortable about running 26.2 miles. What I do know is that this accomplishment will be outstanding, and that makes me outstanding. Everyday I need to run I can come up with a dozen excuses about why I shouldn’t go or don’t want to go, what is outstanding is that I go anyways. If you want to be outstanding at anything (your career, being a parent, running) you can’t work only on the days you feel like it. You have to make the commitment day in and day out. You won’t always be at 100%, but what makes you outstanding is that you honored your commitment.
So my question for you is will you be comfortable or outstanding this week?