Days like this will come..... and go

This mornings run was the worst 5 miler I can remember in a long time. I am fairly certain the reason is because I got less than 5 hours of sleep last night, however I have had low sleep nights that have not turned out this bad during the run.

It was hard getting up, it was hard getting dressed, it was hard drinking water, and it was really hard to get out the door and start to move in a running like motion.  This was one of those runs that I was certain I would give up half way through.  I do have to say that this is one of the good things about being on a training plan, if I was just running day to day based on feeling I would just now be getting out of bed.... and would no doubt be mad at myself, but with a marathon looming the motivation is there to get up and get these runs in no matter how bad they are.

Earlier this week I was reading Greg's post "7 Tips to Stop Wasting Precious Predawn Running Time" at Predawn Runner and commented how I do most of the things on the list.  Some of these habits of mine are the reason I was able to make it out the door and through the 5 miles this morning.

The only reasons I actually made it out the door were:
A) I got up when the alarm went off.
B) I had everything ready for when I got up.
C) I stayed off the computer and Blackberry - just straight out the door.

The last reason is the biggest distraction for me, and I have been working on being disciplined with this.  I am convinced that this would have killed my run this morning if I had not followed through.

What do you do to get out the door when the motivation is just not there?  Do you have some habits and routines that help you when you are just not feeling it?

Here is to the next run..... the good one!

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