We all have reasons why we run. I've talked about mine before here, here and here and I'll probably add more reasons in later posts. As I was driving home today after running errands, I knew that I wouldn't be able to get my scheduled run in today, and I didn't run yesterday.
I try very hard to run at least every other day and not to miss 2 days. It's my way of keeping myself honest and into it and keep it a habit. But today, due to phone calls, errands, early darkness, the need to make some progress on work, I won't get out today, and the last time I ran was Thursday.
So, another reason why I'll get up early and run in the morning, even when it's cold: guilt. I have felt guilty all day about missing my run this morning, even though I'm not training for anything. I think about my burrito meal (after happy hour) last night and I feel guilty. And you know what? It gets me out on the road.
I don't feel the level of guilt I did when I was training for a race. Then it was almost overwhelming, so much so that I almost never missed.
But I'll hit the roads, even when I'm not feeling like it. I'll hit them because I'm going to eat a big meal or because my jeans fit a bit too tight the last time I put them on, or because I missed the last run.
My run tomorrow morning will be a longer run, which really just means 6 miles or more at this point. But I'll probably put more hills in it because I feel guilty for not running today.
Apparently, guilt works.