run when you can but only if you want to

I think back to the many times I used to set out on runs pre-toddler without thoughts of when I could go, how long I could go for, and would I be absolutely exhausted by the time I actually could head out for a solo run. Oh, the good ol’ days! 

I’m totally kidding. I love my child and I would give up running for her any day, but there are still times when I need to do things for me. I love running with her (because she challenges how fast I can run via resistance training), but I also love me some solo runs. 

The problems I’ve had lately with solo runs is the fact that by the time I actually can get out for a solo run (i.e.: when the husband’s home from work, or a morning before he goes to work but after a sleepless night because those are always the nights that Nia decides to boycott sleeping through the night), I just can’t be bothered. There, I said. 


You’d think as someone who loves running, they would just suck it up and get out there, but exhaustion does funny things to the brain, ya know? It makes you far more irrational than you thought you could be and makes exercise sound like funny joke. Maybe it’s just me, but I like to do things that I want to do. That might not even make sense because I’m dealing with two obstacles, one being that I need to have the solo time to run and two being being that I want to want to do it, but it’s the truth.

Ecard marathon

I’ll only ever be as good of a runner as I can when I’m a) enjoying it and b) doing it because it’s a choice. And with a kid, it seems that this is becoming a less frequent thing, so I have to make sure I’m taking the right opportunities especially if there are less of them. And always staying motivated to run…

Run ecard wine earned

The point of this post is that I was able to do the above two things this morning thanks to the hubby not having to go into work until the afternoon and me actually feeling like getting out there (the sun shining might have been a motivator as well)!

Photo 2

I ran four miles that felt equivalent to torture in the beginning, but then once I got into a groove (after about a mile), I felt good, and that I could do this more if I just let myself!

So the moral of this story (if I ever have one) is to run when you can but only if you want to because those lead to the best ________ (insert your word here). (Mine today would read: best time to myself.)


What’s one thing you did lately for you and only you that made you super happy?

Hopefully my next thing will be hot yoga.


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