Determination. Lots of determination. Let me break it down for you....
D-Discipline to just do the runs. Oh yes. There were several training runs when I was exhausted, hot (and/or cold), and was frustrated with my efforts. Knowing I'd have to report back to my coach (and all of my runner pals) kept me moving forward.
E-Early morning miles. The bulk of my training runs have been in the wee dark hours, without the sunshine. I had been doing early morning runs throughout the summer,and simply kept up that routine as the days started getting shorter and the sunrise came later and later.
R-Recovery time. You better believe I had recovery time. I learned many years ago that recovery is part of the training. Your body (and mind!) needs down tine. Your muscles actually strengthen as they "rebuild" while at rest...did you know that?
M-Mileage, CRAZY mileage! We're talking several weeks of increasing mileage PR's for this "moderate mileage" gal. Comfort zone violated, to the max.
I-Irrational behavior. Ummm, yeah. Getting up most mornings before 4:30AM (and convincing a friend to do it also). I don't necessarily call that "irrational," but most of my non-runner friends do.
T-Training runs. Lots of training runs. Ladder workouts. Hill repeats. Progression runs. Easy pace runs. Runs done at goal pace. Races run as "training runs."And everything in between.
O-Opportunity-seeking. There were a few mornings when my body just didn't want to leave the confines of my bed. There were a token few times when I heard rain falling. And, there were some times when I'd need my watch to time my intervals (and didn't want to deal with constantly hitting the "light" button to read the display in the dark. So, I had to seek out other opportunities to get the training done...during my lunch break, mid-afternoon (following a short day at the office), or at the end of the day. And, one time, I succombed to the treadmill. One time. And it wasn't pretty.