On Monday I planned to go running after I finished work around 4:00. All day long the wind was howling and the sky was gray. It just looked miserable outside and it was playing games with my mind, somehow I kept thinking to myself that I didn’t want to run because of the weather. Nonetheless, when the time came I pulled on a pair of shorts, put on a short-sleeve top and looked out the window. The trees were still whipping around pretty hard, so I picked out a jacket, slapped a hat on my head and stepped out the door.
The winds pricked at my legs and cut through the fabric of my jacket. For a brief moment I considered going back inside. Then I told myself, “You’re already dressed for the run, you might as well go for it. If it sucks, you can always turn back.”
Well, it didn’t suck. In fact, quite the opposite… it felt amazing and I knocked out 6.4 miles, smiling the entire time.
Tuesday was another crummy day, full of wind and colder temps. And for some reason I forgot all the good feelings I experienced the day before. And my mental toughness was a lot weaker that day, I allowed myself to skip my Tuesday night run at Fleet Feet. I tried to convince myself that I was missing the run due to the bad weather, but if I’m being honest… I was just grumpy and I was isolating. I need the social interaction, being alone too much is bad for me. But I let myself wallow in that negativity for some reason.
I recognized that the following day and was determined to take care of myself. I would get out to run AND I would spend time with other people. Of course, the clouds were settled in for another day and the winds were gusting with fury again. But no way would I let that be a deterrent… and sure enough, just as my work day was winding down the sun started to peek out. Sure, the run was cold and windy, but it still felt amazing. It was a quick 3.3 miles because I had to shower before going to a meeting, but it was so nice to get in some miles.
So this is just a reminder to myself and to anyone else who may be struggling to get out the door on any given day… a run makes the day feel complete. There’s a feeling of power and accomplishment and energy. And even if it’s a hard day, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from knowing that you at least put forth the effort. If the weather is less than ideal, you sound super hard-core for getting it done. If the weather great, then you get the chance to be at one with nature. If the treadmill is your only option, you’re taking care of your body’s physical health. There are so many more reasons to do the run than to not!
Running is Awesome!