Today I had two workouts that really needed motivation to complete. First in the pool – I swam with two of my friends. Actually they were swimming for a while when I got in. After a warm up we did part of my workout together. They are both faster than I, but it was still motivating to have the company. The swim was a long one – a total of 3,300 meters. The main set was a very long pyramid. Increasing by 100 meters from 100 up to 500 and back down. The first three repeats I swam strong. The 100 I touched in at 1:53, the 200 in 3:58 and the 300 in 5:59. All of them I broke 2:00 per 100 and the first I believe on a 300 meter set. The purpose of this workout is pacing and muscle endurance. And after the 300 my pace declined along with my endurance. The 400 was slower, the 500 a bit slower, and then my friends finished their swim workout. I was left with the remainder to swim on my own. Instead of counting with each stroke I was repeating “just keep swimming, break through” in my head. I made it through. Odd though, when I finished I felt I had been slow overall. Then I logged in my swim and discovered my overall pace including recovery time was one of my fastest.
This evening I ran 6.5 miles on the treadmill at the gym. Five of the miles were run at my goal half marathon pace. Again, a very challenging workout. Pushing myself to finish strong and not quit early was hard to do. I knew if I made it through the entire workout the next run, my long run, I will have additional motivation to go the distance. My head is getting in the game again. I finished the entire workout and felt good. Both physically as well as mentally.
My swim and my run today were both reminders that the core of my motivation has to come from within me. I enjoy training with my friends, but I also have to have the drive inside to get through the tough workouts on my own. Today I did just that and as an added bonus I was able to hold a pace both in the pool and on the run that I didn’t think I could do a year ago. Never say never, huh? Believing in myself, trusting the abilities I have been blessed with, and breaking through the tough workouts are talking me to new levels. And I am excited to see where I will go.