That sounds crazy does it not? I don't mean it in a sappy way, but in an accountable way. Let me explain.
I have had a running coach, TMB, create two plans for me. Both helped me achieve the goals I dreamed of for those races. I was accountable to someone besides just me. I had someone checking to see if I was running and how it was going. I like that. I had no excuses.
I designed my own plan and three days into this training cycle I was ready to cut my mileage short. I only have to answer to me. No one else knows my plan and checks in on me. No one would know if I was supposed to run 4 or 5 miles this morning. It is all me. I answer to me. I am solely responsible if I follow my plan and work toward achieving my goal.
Today I was tired and really just wanted to run 4 miles. Actually I wanted to say in bed! I knew I would have to hustle if I wanted to run my planned 5 miles. However, I had a progression run planned so I would be hustling and I had no excuse. It took me 2 miles to realize I own this plan. I will work my plan. I am not a quitter. I will be accountable to me. I will do this, but it probably won't be easy. But, that is okay. I think most big goals are not easy to achieve, but they are definitely possible.
Still, I miss my coach!