Today marks 12 weeks until the Boston Marathon. I have a hard time staying motivated in my training so I usually reward myself by purchasing something each month I complete all my miles. In the two years since I started following a stricter training plan, I have only rewarded myself once. It's a variety of excuses: life gets in the way, I get sick, the miles are too much for this body to handle.
This year I'm changing it up a bit. I am going to reward myself for each run completed. Each week is worth $10, and since I only run five days a week, that breaks down to $2 per run. So, for each run I complete in my training, I get to $2 towards something for myself.
Dave doesn't like this idea. He thinks it is giving me permission to skip runs. I get that, however, I have a hard time when it comes to the end of the week and I've already done, like, 40 miles and I have another 10 miler to go and I just can't handle it. Therefore, I don't have to throw away the good runs I have already done that week.
I've started off today well. I got up early and completed 4 of 6 miles on the treadmill before Dave even crawled out of bed. After work today (today is my first day at the new job), I will complete the other two miles and reward myself $2. :)
Happy running, friends!