After not getting to run at all last week I was so excited to get back into my routine this week. Yeah, you heard me right, I was excited. A year ago, I would have been excited about the week off from running, and that week off would have completely derailed my routine. In fact, I was often looking for excuses as to why I couldn’t run or workout.
“I am so behind on my TV shows! It would be irresponsible not to catch up!”
“My roommates want to get frozen yogurt? It would be rude to decline the invitation, roommate bonding time is important!”
I know I’m not the only one that has tried similar “excuses.” Don’t get me wrong, the mini running vacation was nice last week, and there was one day that I could have gone running but I chose to stay in and cook as I had run out of food. Still I missed running.
Let me repeat that: I MISSED running. I don’t think I realized how much I missed it until yesterday. Monday was rough. I went in to the run knowing it would be more of a run walk, but in case anyone in Maryland hasn’t noticed, it is HOT outside. My run walk turned into more of a walk run. I had forgotten how much the heat can affect you and I certainly hadn’t hydrated enough. Still being outside and moving is better than nothing and I didn’t let it discourage me.
Yesterday, however, was great! I didn’t reach my goal of running five miles because at 2.5 miles I felt exhausted and I was genuinely nervous about heat exhaustion. I had to sit down after my run before I stretched out. Still, I ran the entire 2.5 miles, and I’m not stressed about not getting the distance in, I have some time before my 10k on July 4th.
After my run, literally the only thing I could think about was frozen yogurt, my favorite summertime treat. So despite trying to watch my sugar intake I decided it was worth it and treated myself to some fro yo. I did forgo my usual candy toppings and stuck with just fruit. It was delicious, perfect, and cooled me right off!
Here’s to not letting one week off ruin a healthy lifestyle!