After four months of not having my period, my friend finally came to visit and came back with a vengeance. I was tired, my muscles were sore, my lower back hurt and I had a headache. I really felt like sinking back under the covers with a hot mug of coffee and a piece of chocolate-walnut biscotti.
As tempting as that was, I knew I would feel much better after a run. So how did I motivate myself to get my ass out of bed and onto the pavement?
First, I told myself that I would get out of bed and put my running shorts on the count of 10. I slowly counted to ten and hoisted myself out of bed.
The lazy side of my brain had quite a debate with my active side. Lazy said, “I’m just getting dressed. I’m going to get back into bed after I put the running shorts on.”
Active responded, “Fine. At least get dressed.”
After I put on the shorts Active said, “Go ahead and get your Garmin, iPod and hat since you are already up. Lace up those running shoes and see how you feel.”
I figured since I had all of my gear together, I may as well head out for a run.
Lazy said, “We aren’t going out for a long, hard run today, Okay? We may only run for ten minutes. We are just doing a small run.”
“Fine,” said Active to pacify Lazy.
I started slow and my leg muscles were indeed sore. My glutes hurt and I couldn’t even remember working them out the day before. My legs felt like bricks and it was already hot.
“It’s okay to do an easier run today,” Active reassured Lazy.
“Good, because I am going to turn back around after I reach the end of the block.”
After about ten minutes my legs finally loosened up and began to feel better. My pace quickened and my headache cleared. I ran past the end of the block and kept going for my full run of six miles.
“See, I knew you could do it! You always feel better after a run,” Active told Lazy, but Lazy was already gone.
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