I didn't feel like running today. I slept for like 4 hours. I was tossing and turning all night. My HRV was in the shitter. My WHOOP gave me a score of 18% recovered.
I was tempted to take a day off. I was close to convincing myself I had earned it. I probably had.
Then I thought of a quote from the great Emil Zatopek. Arguably the greatest runner of all time, and the only person to win gold at the 5k, 10k and marathon in the same Olympics. He's a legend in the running world and I can't recommend his autobiography "Today We Die A Little" enough.
He had some great quotes. But the one that got me off my ass and out for a run today was this one - "There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."
Go swim in the bay next time it's freezing out.
Go for a 10k when it's pissing down with rain.
Go sprint some hills when it's 40 degrees.
Go hit some rowing intervals in silence.
Train the house down when you're dehydrated, or sleep deprived, or starving.