Don’t you just hate it when life gets in the way of running?
I have a big work related project taking off this year, and it just started to get really busy. Deadlines, budgets, conference calls and constant texting of clients and bosses are really getting in the way of me having a decent running life. What the hell?
I’m determined this year, to not get into the mental trap of prioritizing work first. So often, I will skip my morning run and get to work early and promise myself to work out in the evening. Of course, that never happens because come 7pm, I’m exhausted and the last thing I want to go do is run when my sofa and roommate are calling me to relax with them.
Yesterday, I literally forced myself to run around the block. It was the best I could do given the rude awakening to a barrage of emergency emails and a budget deadline that threw my morning routine off. I was tempted for a second to jump straight into the car and go to work, but I knew that I would be even more mad at myself later when I crashed into my bed without having made any attempt to run.
So this is what I managed. Literally, a run around the block:
Sometimes in life though, things get really small before they get really big, like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we sometimes have to knuckle down and do the work infront of us before life gets big again.
Times like this remind me how important it is to stay true to myself, I know running and exercise bring me so much happiness, so for me, I have to grant myself permission to do this. Staying true to my values, as compromised and as tiny an effort as that may look, will pay off in the long term.
What do you do when life gets in the way of your bliss?