|Ron Hill representing Great Britain against|
the USA over 6 miles in 1963 (he won, note
the bare feet)
I think the value of routine is often underestimated, and sometimes "pooh-poohed" as reflecting inflexibility or a lack of imagination. In my case, almost invariably, I dress for a run when I get up in the morning and know that breakfast will not happen until the run is done. Just being ready to go, can help me get out of the door in the morning.
I also have an expectation of myself that I will spend some time training every day. If you give yourself permission to miss a day when you don't feel like it, or you go to bed not really knowing what training you are going to do the next day, it is too easy to make a snap decision not to bother.
|Ron Hill, still running every day, 48 years later|
(courtesy The Independent, www.independent.co.uk)
Many years ago, apart from when seriously injured, I would not miss a day, but I never had the total dedication of one of my early running heroes, Ron Hill, who has run at least a mile every day since December 1964. He's even done his mile on crutches after surgery. Of course, he is an extreme example, but for a long time he was one of the best distance runners in the world and I'm sure his single-minded training regime was one of the reasons.
These days, I will only miss a day's training in exceptional circumstances, though the definition of "exceptional" is not as strict as thirty years ago. I have also modified my definition of training to include walking when it seems more sensible than running. In days gone by, walking didn't cut it, and the time spent running had to exceed the time spent getting prepared to run and showering and dressing afterwards. In my heyday, that meant at least 8km, but these days it's closer to 5km, sadly.
My Achilles tendon was less sore than yesterday for this morning's 5km, but my arch was still sore. I felt heavy-legged and stiff, so am not optimistic about tomorrow's Terrigal Trotters 10km Hilly Time Trial. Another long warm-up will be required.