It really helps to remind myself of the bigger picture when I'm feeling tired. Another thing I discovered, is that when normal fatigue is setting in to be good to myself and adjust the work out accordingly. For example I had a tempo run planned at a 5k pace for the morning, and was barely awake upon rising; so I decided that I would start out with my warm up and see how I felt afterwards. If my body was not responding I'd adjust the plan and go for a cruisey 1 hour run. Well, what do you know, and this is what i find fascinating about our bodies, after my 20min run warm up I came around and hammered out an incredible 5k pace tempo run! Awesome.
Second work out of the day was scheduled to be a big 4000M swim, in the PM after work. I took a nap (bad decision) and woke up groggy realizing that it was now time for my swim or at least a shot at a swim. This is my phycological strategy: If I'm fatigued or really not feeling well, I'll try the planned work out, adjust if needed or take a day off. But more often then not I'd say 90-95% of the time my body comes around and I have a great work out. "You never regret going, but you'll regret missing a session" a client of mine once said! So again, I managed a respectable 4000M swim in the PM for a second hard session of the day. It's amazing what God allows our bodies to do if we trust in him, are willing, have a sense of persistence and of course WORK HARD!
This is a reminder to myself that when you feel like you can't you most likely can. Give it a shot see where it goes and you will amaze your self. I don't believe in an "all or nothing" approach in relation to life or training. I believe in optimal living; trying your best and working at a truly flourishing life. With regard to training, a work out can always be tailored down or UP depending on the day and accompanying energy and circumstances.
I can and I will. Get after it:)