Running is SUCH a mental game. Honestly, I haven’t been feeling it lately, my long runs have gotten shorter, my nutrition has been inconsistent, and the holiday treats are getting to me. I feel old habits and negative thoughts creeping in. I usually feel better once I start, but today I couldn’t convince my brain that I was having fun. So I made a deal with myself....I could do my short loop, but I had to push myself for speed. I averaged 9:02 min mile, which I’m pretty proud of, considering all the icy spots that I had to slow down for (note to self: need some spike yak tracks). I feel better mentally and physically than I did before my run. And you know what? It’s OK that every workout or run isn’t my best. It’s ok if I don’t enjoy each session. It’s the discipline and consistency that will get me where I want to be.