I struggled a bit to get out the door yesterday for my run. It is winter - so going from the warm apartment to the cold street is always a challenge. Plus there are so many layers to put on and so many things to find (mittens! hat! ear band! watch! key!). Even after I left, the first 5 minutes or so of my run felt hard (Sunday's long run was really hilly - so my legs still felt really heavy) and I didn't really feel like being out there and even thought "do I really want to train for this half marathon? can't I just phone it in?"
And then something happened. As I kept running (and as I seemed to hit green light after green light), my legs seemed to get lighter, and so did my entire body. And without really trying, I maintained a reasonable pace and I had a lightness in my step that I didn't expect.* Early in training programs, I usually expect to struggle a bit - especially when training for a spring race. So it was really nice to have a run that felt like it clicked a bit - even if it was hard to get started.
I know that the fact that it was -10 (I know that sound cold...but when it has been much colder, it feels downright warm), there was no wind, and the sidewalks were clear (hooray for no ice or snow!) had a lot to do with things going well. But I'll take those small victories where I can get them.
What helps you when you're struggling to get out the door?
*something else unexpected: several people encouraging me as I ran...