Making running a habit has been the one thing that has kept me consistent and allowed me to do as well as I do running. Habits are amazing things. They can be great to get you up and out when you just don’t want to go or feel to tired to get out. I run 6 days a week and rest/walk on the 7th.
Yesterday my habit worked against me.
A nasty storm came over our neighborhood right as I began heading out to do my workout. TJ and I debated if we should run or wait as the storm approached. Finally we decided to run, but stick close to home. I got a half mile into my run and looked in the direction on my house and a huge bolt of lightening flashed down right in front of me. I’ll run in any weather – but I will not run with lightening close by. So I headed home and decided to go out with “The Dog” as I waited to see what the weather would do.
Here is my daily habit: I run. I get home. I go out with the dog. I drink my Gatorade. I take a shower.
Essentially, by doing all but the shower, I crashed my day for running. It was like Kryptonite to Superman. I sat with my Lovely Wife as I waited to see if the storm would pass. 15/30/45/60 minutes. Finally it passed, but all my strength was gone.
I see now that by doing my normal post run habit, I unintentionally messed with the fragile balance I have created over the past 18 months.
But I have a blog to write. I have to overcome. I psyched myself up after the storm was over and went out to run. I ran another 1.5 miles, then the Gatorade hit. I decided to head home to use the bathroom. I got inside and that was that. My kryptonite got to me. My hair was cut. I had no strength.
Sometimes life doesn’t give you a happy ending for your blog.
Running isn’t everything. I had a good night watching TV with my kids and Lovely Wife. I got to sleep early and slept well. Today I will work, go to the chiropractor, head home and then another chance to change the world through running. 🙂
The great thing about this sport is that every day is a new day… a new start… a new race… Every day is NEW!