Keep going!

My computer is going into the red, battery-wise, but I wanted to write a quick post.  I just got in from a wonderful run, and wanted to write about it some.  Writing on here is not always convenient because I don’t have internet access at home, but that is just one reason to be thankful for having to drive into town to go running; I can kill two birds with one stone.

It’s cold today, 29 degrees, and running in the cold has always been a challenge for me.  I’d rather run in the heat to the cold any day… but I’m finding ways this winter to stay warm and make it actually pretty comfortable.  I bought some ear muffs (did you just flashback to the 90’s?) and they do a perfect job at keeping the cold air out of my ears and all the warm air in!

I set out to do 2-3 miles and ended up going 3/4 of a mile longer!  Lost in thought, I looked up from the pavement and realized I had passed my turn around mark and still felt okay, so just kept going.  I had to go a different way today off my normal in town route because traffic was bad and the sidewalks were awful, so I took a detour.  It wasn’t until I was about half way through my “detour” when I realized I used to run that road with Norm back in junior high.  I couldn’t help but go back to those days.  So many of those runs I begged to stop, and he said, just to that light pole, just to that tree, just to that bush, and on we went.  By the time we reached that next spot, I felt okay and had a new goal in mind.  It’s a great way to keep going when out on a run, or on any exercise regimen.  Are you trying to lose weight? Set small goals and continue to set them, all along the way while chasing after that bigger goal.  It makes it so much more attainable.  Life hard right now? School stressing you out? Are your kids at rough ages?  Keep going, don’t give up, you’ll get there!  And just like when finishing that long, hard run, you’ll feel a sense of pleasure, pride, fulfillment, knowing you didn’t quit.

I have a friend who has tried to get more active and lose weight for a couple of years now and has openly struggled with it.  As of late, she ran/walked her first 5k and has two more scheduled for the year that I know of.  What a great example of moving forward, pushing on, even when it’s been difficult.

Well, my computer is down to 3%, and I have many more posts I could write about, but wanted to put something out there since it’s been so long! Go get bundled up and take a jog! You won’t regret it! 🙂


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