Week four! My biggest failure thus far, I cannot deny. It’s a bit funny, too, because I thought I would have time to get in several longer runs with it being my vacation week and all, but the opposite seemed to be true! My plans were interrupted by bouts of sickness, both of the common cold and stomach bug variety, a smattering of appointments, one all-nighter, and the birth of my niece.
I ran three times this week. I KNOW! And all of shorter distances. I tried to make up for this on Sunday when, realizing I had only fifteen free minutes, I put the treadmill on a high speed and sprinted for the full amount of time in order to get as much out of the workout as possible (and with the help of ACDC and Britney Spears). It worked, save for one jump onto the sides of the treadmill in a moment of panic. The speed was much, MUCH too fast for my pokey self, but I hit 2 miles in my timeframe and felt utterly exhausted after, which has to count for something, right?
I’ve been trying to seamlessly make running a part of my life, but this last week, it felt apart from my life. I need to work on merging the two more successfully, so tell me: what do you do to ensure daily runs? How do you make them routine, even when you’re tired, ill, or busy? I found this quote a couple of weeks ago that really resonated with me, but I’m still working on the “how” part of it:
“You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
It’s a work in progress, I suppose. I do have another question before I sign off my pathetic confession: what is the best brand for running tops? I have quite a few of the running tanks that I wear even in winter, just as the bottom layer, but many of them ride up, forcing me to adjust every couple of minutes and wanting to scream and kick innocent mail boxes. My question is strictly limited to brands that feature material that stays in place, and all other considerations for running tops are secondary for me at this moment. I just want a shirt that won’t move! It may be my undoing.
I will leave you with a photo of my two beautiful nieces, Morgan and Taylor; Taylor joined the world at 11:20am, March 3, 2013 (maybe a future runner?). Her birth marks the start of her mother’s training! Until next week, All!