I took today off from running since I ran yesterday and the day before. Ironically, it rained all day today and was cooler so a jog would have probably felt great. However, my schedule and lack of time dictated an evening workout, so I jumped on the stationary bike tonight.
It wasn't anything special. I did some high speed spin for the legs to get cleared out of the lactic acid build up. Forty-five minutes of spin on the bike without resistance gets a decent sweat going and gets legs moving. Also, another day of cardio cannot hurt right?
During the ride I was reading my compilation of running stories, "Going Long," from Runners' World. I think I have mentioned it a few posts ago, but if I haven't, it's a great read. The stories range from inspiring, heartwarming, informational, etc.
The added running/working out, the book, as well as the impending marathon have all really started to build my momentum and motivation. I am really getting into the mode of banging out workouts. There is a certain amount of rise and fall that is inherent in training seasons and what not, so this isn't anything monumental. However, it's always a great feeling and it is impossible to duplicate.
I am also encouraged heading into the fall and winter because I don't often build momentum during this part of the year. Usually, this is the downward time heading towards cold weather and what is usually time off. My plan of working hard through winter bodes well with my current swing of motivation.
As long as I don't chicken out when it gets cold :)