Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Akron Marathon Countdown: 10 Days

This is my week to restore my motivation and confidence for the Akron Marathon, which awaits 10 days from now.

You all know how I've been chasing the four-hour marathon since, well, forever. I was kicking my training's ass up until the Buckeye Half Marathon, and then procrastination took over. I've run a grand total of four times since the race. Now, I feel like my undergrad self, writing a 14-page essay the night before it's due.

My training no longer rewarded me enough to bother, and B.B. King sang, "The thrill is gone." And besides I already have a shiny new PR and it's taper time. My motivation cares not for the satisfaction of a job well done. It's time for a change.

The Marathon Mama hit the donkey square on the ass with her tale about the merits of extrinsic motivation. Sometimes those intrinsic rewards aren't enough to make you give a shit about your performance. I need more tangible motivation.

Here are 10 motivators for me to run under four hours at the Akron Marathon:
  1. There will be blood beer
  2. And I don't mean Michelob ULTRA
  3. ULTRA what, exactly, I don't know
  4. There also might be blood
  5. But that's not very motivating
  6. Totally going to eat some kick-ass food
  7. Last year, it was at Moe's
  8. Wouldn't mind a repeat
  9. Finally, finally, you can stop hearing about it
  10. I'm totally gonna buy me some Old Time records
What else you got?

8 comments:

Andrew Opala said...

You can buy something made of rubber in the rubber capital of the world!

Jess said...

10 days to go...enjoy your taper! :)

JojaJogger said...

Ice cream and a martini, not necessarily together.

Morgan said...

Sub 4 Advice: Just believe in yourself. Write it on your hand if you have to, but remember that first and foremost. YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!

The Enthusiast said...

A Diviti's sub. If you don't make it in under 4 then it's all mine!

Oh, or how about a relaxing post-race beer bath of Baltika, Zane Lamprey style? I would seriously do it for you - if you come in under 4. :-D

Paul said...

Hmm. I think 3 is such a cooler number than 4, don't you?

barefootjosh said...

It's not like you're not going to run the thing, so what do you need motivation for? I bet you're chances of finishing under four would be greater if you ran the first half like you don't care about the time. Then you'll look at your watch/hear them call out your halfway time and you'll think, crap! I'm going to do this under four! Then you'll be motivated and pull out a 3:40 or something.

So yeah. Don't worry about being motivated now. Just relax and look forward to a fun slog.

Jeebus, who the hell am I to give marathon advice?

Jamoosh said...

Beer - Check. Food - Check. Dancing Girls...