I have been looking at my training log for this month and I noticed there is a chance to make it to 100 miles. I am up to 59 miles with 9 days left in the month. 100 miles in a month has been a goal of mine this past year. My original plan has been to run the next 9 days and take off the 31st. We are having family come stay with us who will be arriving the evening on the 30th. When I was mapping out my schedule, I realized I will be at 96 miles on the 30th if I make it out every day. I am contemplating just getting out there on the 31st for a 4 mile run to make it an even 100.
Today I was trying to get out there and do 5 miles, but my legs were starting to feel tired. I really wanted to push it and finish 5 miles. I have in my head the amount of miles to run this week to make it there. Then I took a step back and remembered what Running Without a Watch is all about. It is about just getting out there. Not focusing on whether I should do 3, 4 or 5 miles. Not worrying about whether I am running 8 minute, 9 minute, or 10 minute miles.
I think this is the reason I do not race. I cannot handle the pressure of feeling like I need to do a certain amount of mileage on a day when maybe my body is telling me to go less.
Do you put unnecessary pressure on yourself to run a certain amount of miles each day, each week or each month?