It's amazing what having a community/support group can do for you. I recently joined Twitter and there is this "Plank a Day" group. Their goal is to get everyone to do one plank every day. Not the stupid "planking" thing that is popular all over Facebook, but the real abs-burning type of plank. I kept seeing the #PlankADay hashtag everywhere and finally decided to join in. As soon as I committed myself the Plank Police was after me! A couple times a week they are asking me if I've been keeping up on my plank-a-days! Its amazing. I feel guilty all day until I do it.
So what does this personal story have to do with you? Get a support group. Get someone to be your Running Police. Get someone who is going to ask you how your training is going. If you have to report to someone you aren't going to be as likely to skip your workout or push it aside. Your "police" can be anyone.....a significant other, your kids, the front desk dude at your gym, random people on Twitter or Facebook, your best friend, your neighbor.....anybody who would be willing to push you out the door (literally or figuratively) and keep tabs on you. Report to someone about your progress. People do care. Runners want to help other runners, whether they know them or not. That is something I've learned by being part of the running community on Twitter. People want you to succeed. I want you to succeed. Heck, I will be your Running Police! I would love it. Sometimes all we need is someone to tell us "You can do it. You want to do it".
I dare you to try and report to someone. At LEAST once a week. Do it. Tell me how it goes. Do you feel guilty about skipping a workout if you know you have to tell someone about it? I definitely do.
And while you are at it, you should definitely try the Plank A Day challenge (click the link to read more about it). You will build your core muscles (abs and back) which will help you be a better runner. All it takes it 1 minute a day!
Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.