It's always a challenge to make time for running.
Don't misunderstand. I love running. It's not a chore or something that I do because I have to. I do it because I want to.
Nevertheless, it is a challenge to make time for it.
I have a thirty minute run to fit in to my schedule tonight. Here's how it will go. I finish work at 4:30pm. I will drive home, change quickly, check my sugar, fill my water bottles, stretch for a few minutes and hopefully start running by 5pm. Home by 5:30pm. Then I have to stretch. Properly done, my stretching routine takes about 30 minutes. Then I ice my shins and calves for about 15 minutes. So it's now 6:15pm. Time to shower and throw my running clothes in the laundry. Best case scenario is that my 30 minute run is over at 6:30pm.
Don't even get me started on the 13k Tuesday night runs we start in a few weeks. Best case for those is that I'm in the kitchen ready to eat at 7:30pm. That's assuming that Doug is home and able to make dinner while I'm out. Otherwise, I start cooking at 7:30pm.
I'm not complaining. Rather, I'm just painting a picture of the life of a commited runner.
There are periods when life is easy, I have lots of energy and runs just seem to fit nicely into my day. That's when I run for fun.
Then there are periods where work is overwhelmingly busy, life outside of work is just as crazy and I can barely find the energy to get the runs in. Those are the times when running is critical. When everything feels chaotic, running calms things for a while. Because, once the time is carved into the schedule and the shoes are on, it's just me and the road.
When I run I can tune out all the chaos or I can use the time to get organized in my head. Either way, it's therapeutic.
Sitting on the deck afterwards with my chocolate milk and my yoga mat, I stretch my legs and watch the birds flitting through the trees overhead. It's peaceful and rejuvenating.
This week I'm feeling pretty exhausted and just want to curl up for a nap. But there is no time for rest and the weekend is chock full of activities. I could crawl home tonight and sit on the couch. Or I can go for a run.
I'm going to go for a run. It might not be fast and it might not be pretty - but it will be worth it.