Tuesday night I set my alarm for what I consider a *literally insane hour of the morning*
When my alarm went off it was surprisingly easy to get out of bed. I was not looking forward to the run, but to the post run bliss. I was looking forwarding to sitting on my front porch sipping coffee, listening to bugs and birds, knowing that I had run 6 or more miles before most people even wake up.
My run was not fast compared to my speedy Tuesday run but that didn’t matter to me.
Thursday my speedy friend met me again for another fast for me 7 miles. [in case you were wondering just how SPEEDY she is - her marathon PR is 2:46:38!!!]
- Mile 1: 7:22
- Mile 2: 7:39
- Mile 3: 7:24
- Mile 4: 7:13
- Mile 5: 7:22
- Mile 6: 7:17
- Mile 7: 7:14
3 days. Could I do a 4th?
Thursday night I again set my alarm for o’dark thirty and headed to bed before 9. When my alarm went off I hit snooze. I was tempted for a brief moment to skip the run or wait till the kids woke up and push the triple.
I thought about how strong my triple stroller run was that Monday and told myself that in some way I wanted that to be my last triple stroller run of the summer. I wanted to end the summer of 2012 by running one of the fastest triple stroller miles I’ve run. It worked enough to get me out of bed. 7 miles later I was HIGH on life. I was proud of myself for running my easy run easy and for simply running.
- Mile 1: 9:12
- Mile 2: 8:51
- Mile 3: 9:10
- Mile 4: 8:46
- Mile 5: 8:56
- Mile 6: 8:54
- Mile 7: 8:16
4 days. I made it 4 days.
I’m trying to make this morning thing a habit – so until I’m sure I won’t give up on it – I’ll keep waking up at this crazy hour and pounding the pavement.
This morning my speedy friend again met me for 7 miles. The miles literally FLY by with her. We talk the entire time and I find myself shocked at the pace I can hold while talking. I know she is not only helping me mentally but physically as well.
- Mile 1: 7:53
- Mile 2: 7:25
- Mile 3: 7:25
- Mile 4: 7:18
- Mile 5: 7:21
- Mile 6: 7:14
- Mile 7: 7:23
I know she has changed my life simply by helping me create this soon-to-be-habit.
It’s better for me but also for my family.
Park by 9:30am? Sure.
Sticky buns in our PJ’s instead of cereal in a bag in a stroller? Yes please.
Ice Cream before lunch? Why not.
It also has been helping my self esteem [which has been semi in the pits lately]. Often times I have been staying in my running clothes all day or changing into sweats and telling myself I would shower when Colton went down for a nap. It typically didn’t happen. I’d end up feeling gross all day and shying away from my reflection in a mirror. When I did get dressed – I thought to myself – better take a picture – might not be another week before your hair isn’t greasy and thrown up in a bun.
Running early has allowed me to shower and get dressed, put on a little make up and not feel rushed if I want to blow dry my hair. It makes me feel a little bit more put together and better armed to handle the craziness of our days. I personally believe that how you feel on the inside projects to the outside. When I feel confident on the inside – I’m confident on the outside. When I feel ugly, out of shape, or gross – then I don’t want to leave my house and I get snippy easily. It’s taken me years to figure this out about myself.
When you feel happy I also think you project your happiness on to others and vice versa. Feel crappy about yourself and you probably act a little bit bitter to others. Feel good about yourself and you probably act a little bit nicer. Maybe that means letting in the person trying to get over on the road, or maybe that means reading to your kids at night just a little bit longer. What ever it may mean to you is probably different but I’d say that confidence and happiness in oneself not only benefits you but others.
Tomorrow WILL be day 5. I will make this a habit….I will…..