Good morning! We’re halfway through the week and I hope all of you are doing well so far!
First up, I have a Twitter! This is really exciting because I’ve never used it before. As evidenced by the conversation that took place at work yesterday in a co-worker’s office with the other girls.
Me: “Hey you guys! You guys, I need to learn how to Twitter. Will one of you teach me to Twitter?!”
The girls (trying to hide their laughter): “I think you mean tweet…..”
I’m not ancient, I promise. Anyway, I can TWEET now, so follow me!
Yesterday was a busy day at work, broken up by a fun lunch at our University President’s house. We had a “Young Professionals” BYO lunch on his back patio and it was nice to actually leave my office for an hour! I brought some pasta with spinach, chicken, feta cheese, and tomatoes.
It was so yummy! I loved the views of the James River and it was great to mingle with the staff I know and also meet some new people. I would never leave my house if I had this backyard!
Workout & Breakfast
This morning I did off with some ladder intervals on the treadmill.
Breakfast was a simple bowl of cereal topped with dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, and chia seeds.
I got totally called out by one of the guys at my gym while I was stretching. He said, “just gonna run today, huh?” I tried really hard not to glare him and said, “yep….looks like it…” Call the workout police, cause I didn’t get there until 5:15 and had to cut my workout a tad short. Here’s to “just” running. Speaking of….
Ready for some inspiration? Good. I bet you’re wondering about today’s title. While I was running this morning, Runaway by Kanye West came on my playlist. The lyrics have absolutely nothing to do with this post (except for the word runaway), but the beat is awesome for running and it put me into such a great zone.
While I was listening to this song and my feet were running in perfect synch with the music, I had a realization about why running has become so crucial to my week. What is it about working up a sweat that makes everything better? The truth is, the feeling I get from running is pretty much essential to me at this point.
As many of you know, I got promoted over the summer. I absolutely LOVE my job, my co-workers and friends, my husband, my pets, blah blah blah. I freaking love my life. Gag if you want to, but I’m really happy; however, I’m also a 28 year-old, type A woman who works 40-60 hours a week (depending on the week) and commutes 45 minutes each way. Most weeks, I’m gone nearly 11 hours a day. This comes with some stresses that have the potential to turn me into a crazy person.
If I’m not 10 minutes early to work, I feel guilty….. If I don’t finish everything on my to-do list, I feel guilty…… If I pawn dinner off on Riley more than 2-3 nights a week, I feel guilty…… If I’m not always “on” and happy happy happy, I feel guilty. It’s exhausting.
But when I run….
When I run, I am perfect. Just the way I am.
Whether I’m having a fast running day or a slow day, it doesn’t matter. My body is doing amazing things and I feel strong. I can run away from the stress, the guilt, the pressure to do everything with a smile and an impeccable attitude.
And wouldn’t you know. By the time my run is over, I feel as though I’m enough. All those little stresses that creep into my mind throughout the week become inconsequential. I know that whatever life throws at me, I can handle it, and that my smile will always be genuine. I’m an eternal optimist, and the glorious one hour a day that I have with my sneakers and headphones is what makes that possible.
So go for a run. Run for 30 minutes, an hour, or two hours (kudos, if you’re that person). Run away from the petty things that make you feel like you’re anything less than amazing. We’ll be here when you get back.
Happy Wednesday everyone! 🙂
What do you run for?