Everyone is familiar with Newton's 1st law of Motion: If an object is at rest, it will stay at rest; if an object is in motion, it will stay in motion.
The same seems true of me and running. When in a groove (training for a race or streaking), nothing can stop me from running. But once I break that pattern, or routine, motivation is slow to return and I easily find excuses that allow me to skip running.
Thus, for the duration of my recent streak (3+ months), I ran more than 400 miles. Then, I got sick, took 7 days off, and well; now the mileage is shaping up to be extremely pathetic (I may not break 50 miles for October). It doesn't help that I'm at midterm in the semester, which aside from the end of the term, is the busiest few weeks of the semester, plus I feel like I have a bazillion other little things on my plate right now. None of them big, but combined, I have felt overwhelmed lately.
Plus, it's raining. It's called Hurricane Sandy -- have you heard about it? (Read that question with dripping sarcasm; who hasn't heard about the news-hyped storm that has been labeled a "Frankenstorm"? My god, news channels must be slobbering with excitement: election climax plus giant storm? Jesus Jetfuel Christ, it must be the ideal ratings potential!)
So, I've taken the past 2 days off. And today it's really rainy and windy...so, yeah, someone needs to shove me out the door and just demand that I run.
Dammit. Guess I have to do that myself, huh?