However, I normally cannot get a run in after work. The only day I manage to do this is on track nights with my running amigos. Usually, my evenings never turn out like I planned in the morning. And on the days where they do go as planned, I am just WAY too tired or simply have no interest in pounding the ground for 45 minutes. Running at lunch is not really an option since the meaning and timing of "lunch" changes quite frequently due to my work schedule. I also do not own a treadmill and do not have a gym membership. These obstacles use to lead me to say, "I just can't find the time to run." But now, I realize there is one option I have not seriously considered...morning runs.
Today was my first week-day morning run in a LONG time. It also happened to be the foggiest morning my neighborhood has experienced in a while. I do not like to get out of bed early when it is foggy...that is perfect sleeping weather! But I did it! I got up! Hardest part done!
|My foggy running path.|
|Lots of bunnies at this location. This one stayed|
put long enough for me to take a picture.
When I finished my 4 miles, I felt so accomplished. And on the drive home, I felt so good knowing I was done! AND yes, I drive about 5 minutes to a local running path that is safe for running/walking...running to this location from my home (and my neighborhood in general) is not very safe for running.
I got my run DONE! I think that will be my new morning motto. "Get that run done!" No more stressing about whether or not I am going to get out of the office early enough to go run. Or, not feeling guilty that I spend all my "free time" running and not spending that time with loved ones. I know running is good for me. It makes me a better wife, step-mama, employee, just a better person. But I think there should be a balance and running should not take up time that should be spent doing other things. That's why morning runs seem to be the best fit for me to get my run done.
Plus, there is something quite nice about running in the morning. It is quiet. The day feels so clean and new. Even with cars driving by and people walking around the path, the morning feels calm. At 6:30am, you feel the "youth" of the day. It is also a really great time for me to work on memorizing bible verses. Today's Running with the Word verse was Galatians 2:20. This is a verse my pastor recommended I memorize and meditate on when I shared with him that I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed with a few things. It is a beautiful verse and reminds me that I am not living this life on my own.
So, I encourage those of you who "can't" find time to run, try getting your run done before your day starts. Before the world gets up and starts pulling at you from every direction. Get out there and greet the young day.