You know those bad days.? The ones when you just can't get it together and the harder you try, the worse it gets? Well, that is how my morning started. Actually, it started yesterday, but after a bad nights sleep with crying kids, it got worse.
I woke up wanting to get right back into bed. After, I started moving and had my first sip of coffee, I wanted to run. I had a whiny little girl and my son was crying that his throat was so sore you would of thought he was dying. A run, I thought, was not in my future.
As soon as I got the kids in the car for our 40 minute drive to the doctor, they started to attack each other. They were mean and loud and it was becoming apparent to me, that maybe they were not as sick as they claimed to be.
Walking into the doctors office, my son started crying again. The pain was so bad he said. Well, guess what? There is nothing wrong with them except a little cold. His throat is sore and a little red, but that is just from the drip being caused by not blowing his nose. Sorry gross, I know, but at least you don't have to live with him.
My daughter just didn't want him to get all the attention so she had to play along too.
Back in the car, 40 minutes later and he is at school. I still had an hour before I had to drop off my daughter at preschool, so we headed to Panera Bread for lunch. We shared a bread bowl with broccoli cheddar soup. More on that later.
Today's weather in Rhode Island, was really nice. It hit 57 degrees and, well, for a January day, I didn't want to miss it.
As soon as I got home, I changed and headed out for a much needed run.
I have been running on the treadmill and was told to take it easy, 1 to 2 miles and walk if I have to. Once my feet hit the payment, I was in heaven. It felt good to be out there, fresh air, perfect temps. A weight was instantly lifted off my shoulders. I was going for the two miles.
I did, however, hit a small snag. Remember the bread bowl? Yeah, well, it felt like a brick in my stomach. Bad choice before a run. It slowed me down and just made me all around uncomfortable. I walked just a little but finished what I set out to do. By the time I got home, I felt like a different person. I was ready for the rest of the day. It was not my longest or best run, but that two miles was all that I needed.
I have said before that running has changed my life. It helped me get healthy and it made me stronger, mentally and physically. It never ceases to amaze me how powerful a run can be. A run cannot solve every problem, but it comes damn close.
The rest of the day was very uneventful and I am now lying on my couch in front of the fire. It is peaceful and I am feeling very grateful today.
Do you run to clear your head? Does a stressful day help you have a better run? What won't you eat before you run? Have you ever fallen for your kids tricks? This was the first time for me, BTW, but they really got me.
If you haven't checked out Shubeez yet, they are having a great contest on their FB page. All you have to do is tell them the name of a race you are running this year. Good luck if you enter!
Run Strong, Think Big!