Smush

Figuring out a title for this post was the hardest part this week….so I apologize for it’s lameness.  Basically, I had to “smush” my run in this week between what life dealt me.  Yes, you read that right.  My run – singular.

Monday – Insane work schedule, less than stellar weather (oh if I had only known what the week would bring I would have ran in that less than ideal weather), and husband home with stomach bug.

Tuesday – I wake-up with said stomach bug.  Down for the count….except when paying homage to the porcelain gods.

Wednesday – Oldest kiddo home from school since he also came down with the bug on Tuesday and can’t go to school for 24 hours after pukefest had ceased.

Thursday – Workout with Susan.  There is no running on these days.

Saturday & Sunday – Husband away so I’m on solo kid duty.

Where does that leave me?  Friday I run.  I didn’t want to run.  The sun was out, the temp was actually quite mild at 40, but the wind was wipping at 20 mph.  WTF?!?!  Did I mention I had the stomach bug 48 hours ago?!?!?!

I’m trying to switch my mindset from “should I” to “how do I” these days thanks to a book I just finished (Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden).  By shifting your inner question that subtly, as he puts it, your “creativity” engages.  So my “how do I”, was giving myself the permission to go really slow.  Just put one foot in front of the other.

The book also talks about being proud and feeling accomplished by focusing on what you control.  So was this my fastest run? Nope!  Did I flit through the air like the first snowflakes were hitting my nose?  Definitely NOPE!  However, I finished the 9 miles.  I focused on my form and my hipflexor didn’t hurt – gluteus medius a tad but not until literally the last quarter mile.  I picked a rather hilly route – preparing for next weekend’s race EEEEK! – so the fact that I finished at a solid pace, a pace right on track for where I want to be for my half in April is feeling pretty good.  On top of that, I was listening to two podcasts – one talking about the amount of screen time our kids have and how it’s screwing them up and the other about the Presidential election and how the “Deep Story” i.e. emotion versus logic drove voter behavior – so the fact that I didn’t throw myself in front of traffic because I had lost all hope to live, is really quite an accomplishment.

Technically next week is a taper….so I have that to look forward to 🙂

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