In many ways, today was just a normal Monday. But, on the other hand, it was one of those Mondays that leaves you really dreading future Mondays more than you already dread them.
I had to go into work early for a meeting, which turned out to be a bit stressful and left me feeling a little uneasy.
Then, I was told that I needed to have all of my things packed up by the end of the day so that they could be moved to my new classroom (two buildings and one lifetime away) while I’m attending a Professional Development over the next three days. Granted, I knew this was coming, I just wasn’t aware of the exact day. So yes, it’s safe to say that I crammed 13 years worth of teaching materials into whatever boxes I could find, dumped my desk drawers into said boxes, and taped a note to the door explaining what needed to be moved and what needed to be left behind. And, I got out of there as fast as I could.
Because I had some ladies to meet for a run!
Having that run to look forward to all day was literally what kept me from having a mini meltdown. There was a lot of self talk that took place, and at the end of it, I just reminded myself that I got to meet friends for a run after work! I just needed to make it to the end of the day.
And I did. Pulling into the trail parking lot and seeing these three stroller pushing mamas was enough to make me leap out of my car and explain, “THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN!”
There honestly wasn’t anywhere I would have rather been, or anything else I wanted to be doing at that moment. It was just perfect. Perfect weather, perfect company, and perfect timing.
That’s how it is with running. There are some days that you just really don’t want to do it. You have to consciously make an effort to do it, and you dread it all day. You even suffer through the whole run, and don’t feel better about any of it until it’s done and you can just be proud that you sucked it up and did it even though you didn’t want to.
And then there are the glorious runs that you look forward to all day. The runs that you know you need because they are your therapy. They are your happy. They are what makes you love running, even when you don’t love running. Those are the runs we live for.
Sparkle.Pounce.Let the Run Be Your Cure.