Thursday I wanted to run. The kids slept in, so I slept in. The heat and humidity seemed to rise with every passing moment. I would run later in the day I reasoned. When my husband came home I told him I wanted to run, if not now then later, but I wanted to run.
I wanted to run but I didn’t want to run. I was tired and seriously lacking in motivation. I completely overate at dinner, to the point that my stomach hurt. I looked a couple of months pregnant when I looked in the mirror.
We got the kids to bed and I still could not find the energy to get dressed. The thought of running outside in the heat made me sick, but not as sick as the thought of running on the treadmill.
So I took my own advice…..
If you do not have the energy to run, but know you want to run or need to run – get dressed – head out the door – and run 1/2 a mile. If at that point you want to turn around and run 1/2 a mile back home, then do it. Call it a day and tell yourself that tomorrow is another day.
I’m betting at that 1/2 mile mark, you will find that you had more energy than you thought you had. That the thought of going home after you already made the effort to get out the door, will keep you going.
Thursday night I was on twitter, procrastinating and reasoning with myself that another skipped day would be okay. I saw another mom had posted that she was about to head out of the house, even though she was a. tired and that it was b. hot and that c. there was crazy humidity. That is all I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and go run. If she could do it – I could do it.
4 miserable miles later I was happy. Sure they had been hot. Sure I was sweaty and my stomach still hurt from too much food…..but even the worst of runs are runs….and every run I GET TO GO ON is a gift.
Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 8:43
Mile 3: 8:43
Mile 4: 8:30
Friday morning I set my alarm and tried to beat the heat. 5 miles pushing the kids in the triple seemed like some of the hardest miles of my life. I kept telling my mind that stroller runs make me stronger, that they make all other runs feel easier. Embrace the pain.
Mile 1: 9:26
Mile 2: 9:13
Mile 3: 8:55
Mile 4: 8:44
Mile 5: 8:55
This morning I ran 14+ miles with friends!!
I am continually amazed at how nice it is to run with adults when you are used to running alone or with little people.
I over talk the whole time. Why? I’m excited!
Excited to be running and not pushing more than my body weight in little people. Excited to be with friends. Excited to have adult conversations. Excited……
Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 8:07
Mile 3: 7:54
Mile 4: 7:44
Mile 5: 7:57
Mile 6: 8:18
Mile 7: 7:50
Mile 8: 8:02
Mile 9: 7:59
Mile 10: 7:46
Mile 11: 7:37
Mile 12: 7:40
Mile 13: 7:46
Mile 14: 8:42
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