I'm currently embroiled in an "on again, off again" relationship with my alarm clock. At 5 am the radio turns on. I promptly turn it off. For 4 days in a row I have ignored the alarm clock's valiant attempts to draw me from my bed, to rouse me out of sleep and deposit me upon two legs.
Obviously, I set my alarm for a reason. It's just that at 5 am I have an equally, if not better, reason to hit snooze.
I can tell myself that I need the sleep, or that the short run I had planned isn't really necessary. I can justify the additional hour of sleep by saying that I need more than 5 hours a night, that at a particularly busy or stressful time in my life missing a day of training won't do any damage.
All of the above are true. Simple, easy and true.
But the problem that I have isn't with choosing sleep over training. It's that I am consistently breaking a non-verbal contract I make with myself each evening as I set the alarm.
Tomorrow my alarm will go off at 5 am. And I will get out of bed. I may not run. I may not go to the gym. But I will go downstairs, walk the dog, drink some coffee and bask in the early morning solitude with the personal satisfaction that comes from keeping a promise.
How well do you keep your promises?