Every Tuesday night (well, nearly every Tuesday night) I run at 7 PM at Fleet Feet Sports.
And every Tuesday, I have to really talk myself into it.
After having the whole work day behind me and then doing some chores around the house, I always just want to camp out on the couch and veg for a little while.
Yesterday that feeling was particularly strong. I was feeling full of anxiety, like I had way too much on my plate. I tweeted that I needed to be able to split myself into several different versions of Jill: 4 web workers, a runner, a couple coaches, a wife and a dog mommy. (I should probably have a chef and a housecleaner version in there too…. but I don’t want to do those.) More than anything I wanted to just “shut off” for the day.
But I got my running clothes on and drove to the store. I knew several of my Team Challenge runners/walkers would be there, I knew I needed to talk about Saturday’s training route for the group with my co-coach Jimmy and deep down inside I knew I needed to run.
Once I get there and start to run, I feel so much better. In fact, the run is definitely a better antidote for the daily stress I put myself through. If I actually chose to stay at home and bum I would probably feel even worse. The run HEALS me. And even though I recognize this, and know this, and appreciate this… I still have to battle myself each week to get this run in particular
What about you? Any things about running that are hard for you, even when they’re good for you?