They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. Try it. Do anything 21 days in a row and see how it becomes ingrained in your routine. It just hit me today as I glanced at the last 30 days of my workouts that my longest streak has been four days in a row. Four days? I ran a marathon last October after about a year of running and did well and now I’m coming back from an injury, trying to get back to where I was, and the best I can do is exercise four days in a row before a “break”? That’s not good enough for me. I’m better than that.
Now hold on, before you hit the comment button and tell me to listen to my body and that rest is necessary etc, believe me, I know. I definitely give myself rest/recovery after long runs, I get it, but I could do something every day. I’ve had some of the best workouts in the last four days, except the first day in the “streak”. It was my Sunday run and I had to cut it short because I didn’t have enough in the tank. I wanted to extend my longest run to eight miles and I had to settle for six. I was ok with that because I knew I needed to listen to my body. Doing what I did, however, paid off big time because I had an incredible hour spin the next day. I just blew my legs right out but I felt great – physically and mentally. I was happy to have gotten such a great workout, not a guilty feeling in sight, I knew I worked hard enough, and my quivering legs told me “Mission Accomplished”. Then a couple more great runs that I had to do late at night because I was busy. I didn’t want to run late and I was tired, but I felt so good after them, you know, energized, again, physically and mentally. In fact, last night I started my four mile run at 10:42pm and I was so pumped for having run so strong and fast that I didn’t get to sleep until about 2 am. - Worth it -
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