Yesterday was one of those days where you blink and next thing you know, it’s 5:15pm and everyone’s heading out of the office. (For the record, I love those days.) But they always leave me feeling a little extra beat, not exactly in the mood to run to the gym for an hour or so and then race home to make dinner. Plus, I had a water bottle incident the day before that I was still brooding about. (Listen, lady, if you drink from another person’s water bottle, don’t just wipe it with your sweaty towel and make a joke about how you “don’t have any diseases!”, like you would ADMIT it if you did!? Also, you should offer to replace that person’s water after it’s been felated by your sweaty mouth, and no doubt back-washed into. Especially if said person is a bit of a hypochondriac. End rant.)* So instead of hitting the gym, I went straight home and grabbed the pup, determined to give this running thing another try.
I started off slow, remembering to just breath and that it wasn’t a race. I fell into a pace that didn’t make me hate the world, and kept it up, only stopping to avoid small children chasing rogue soccer balls and so Mac could do his business. After my friendly Nike Plus app voice/lady said the words “three miles”, I stopped running and victoriously walked back to the car. I was tired and sweaty and a little sick of dodging other people’s hyper unsupervised kids, but I actually felt pretty great. I didn’t run very fast or very far, but I ran and I didn’t hate it.
I think the problem is that the competitive/maximizer side of me thinks that if you don’t run OMGSOFAST or super far, then it’s not good enough so why bother. Much like many other areas of my life, sometimes I just need to slow down and enjoy the moment, and be proud of little victories.
Plus what’s sweeter than a pooped little pup after a run? That face alone is worth it any day.
*Just to clarify- she and I had the same water bottle, so it was an accident, but still. Once someone tells you “Hey stop that’s my water bottle!” I still think you should offer to replace it.