Distractions are a dime a dozen.
It's easy to stop because it's difficult, or because of work commitments, or because you feel like you deserve a day off. That one day off sometimes snowballs into a month off. Then what? I'm currently about 10 weeks into marathon training, and I just started incorporating some cross training. Let me tell you something about me and cross training... I have no idea what I'm doing.
Sometimes it's easy to just throw in the towel and see if I'll really get hurt if I just run 26.2 miles without any cross training. I pulled myself out of bed for an early morning class, and the instructor, while telling us to do a Tabata workout on the spin bike, said something that struck a chord:
"This isn't supposed to be comfortable. Remember your goals. Remember why you are here."
We don't set easy goals. We set goals that we have to work hard to achieve. We have to put the time, the effort and the discomfort in order to achieve something out of the ordinary. It's easy to put 5 less lbs on the bar, but is that going to help you achieve your best performance in the long run? It's easy to sleep in, instead of wake up at 5am for a run, but how is that going to prep you for your race?
When you start feeling like you want to take the easy way out, just remember your goals and dig a little deeper. Remember why you started in the first place, and remember what you want to achieve. It'll give you that little extra umph when you feel like you want to give up - I promise.