Dangle a Carrot.
When I was doing my first-ever 12-mile training run, I was struggling to get up a big hill at mile 11, and I thought, “Self, if you can finish running up this hill, you have permission to buy those fabulous green flats you’ve been eying for weeks.” So I powered up that hill — and went out and got myself those gorgeous shoes.
And yeah, I know, running and racing is fulfilling in itself, but sometimes when the training gets really grueling, you need something more tangible as a morale booster. So then and there, on that big hill in the 11th mile of the last big run, I started a tradition of rewarding myself to some sort of trinket upon completion of race training.
Sometimes, it’s running-related (like something that’s not from the sale section of Lululemon), and sometimes, it’s just something I’ve been wanting for awhile (like those red boots I’ve been lusting after for two seasons). Whatever it is, it’s a way to signal the completion of a goal as a gift to myself.
So join me, won’t you? When the going gets tough, the tough get going shopping. — Aidz