Friday, July 27, 2012

Get that run done!

This morning I got my butt out of bed to get my run done before my Friday began. This is near impossible since I am pretty much glued to my bed from the minute I get in it every night! I am a sleeper! I LOVE TO SLEEP. I do love the idea of being a "morning person" and am working on joining the earlier risers club, but so far it has been tough!

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.

Happy Friday!

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13 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you and know that you can always count on me. Love you!!!

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    1. Ha! I knew who this was right away :) Thank you babe! You inspire me every day to push harder. Thank you for believing in me.

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  2. Hi Vanessa! I just found your blog on the Marathon Weight Loss Challenge. I too, have always wanted to be a "morning person" and have recently become a runner, which increases that wanting to be able to get up easily in the morning. I can only seem to get my runs in after dinner. You conveyed my exact thoughts that running should not take over time with family, but it is important for our emotional, spiritual and physical health. I love your "Race of Faith" excerpt on the side of your blog. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to throw back those covers and get my butt out of bed! :)

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks so much for reading. I totally hear ya! I'm glad to know there is someone else who can relate. Thanks for sharing. Now when I don't feel like getting out of bed to run in the AM, I will think to myself, "I bet Laura is up"... positive and constructive peer pressure! This morning I felt guilt-free and called that running time "my" time. Family still sleeping, not trying to get away from work to run...it is free time.

      The Race of Faith piece is my running/life verse. I love it and I think it is so applicable to daily life. Please do keep in touch!

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