Friday, October 25, 2013
I'm writing this Sunday night, at the end of a 4 day weekend. I loved having 2 extra days off of work this week. It really was great. But even though I technically had 4 days off, I brought home a stack of papers to grade and new materials to read, I had 4 photo sessions (including a group of 16) and we had family in town. So the 4 days were still full. Yes, I got time to relax, but I also worked a lot.
So this evening, while E was headed out with the girls for a quick trip, I got ready to go for a run. This was my first run in a week, so I was kind of anxious to get out, even though it was cold and wet. As I ran a frequent 2 mile route, I was thinking about running. About how, over the past year and half, I've made running a part of my routine. How it has been great to help me get fit after having Little J, relieve stress during the school year and get my days off to a good start in the summer. How, 2 years ago, there's no way you would have me outside in this weather, much less running.
My phone died as I was getting close to the house, but it wasn't a big deal because I was already over the 2 miles I had hoped to fit in. My plan was to go home and start dinner so it would be ready when E and the girls got home. But, as I got to the house, I found that the door I thought I had left unlocked was actually locked and the lock box we normally keep outside with an extra key was in the kitchen. I was stuck. No phone, no key in the cold and rain.
I could have gotten really cranky. I could have let this problem add to the stress I was already feeling about Monday morning. Instead, I made one healthy choice (thanks, Heather). I knocked on the neighbor's door and borrowed their phone to call E and left a quick message letting him know what happened. Then I headed back out to run. I didn't run far, just a little over a mile (my best guess), but it was making a good choice. A good choice for my body, and a good choice for my mind. When I got home again, I wasn't cranky. I was refreshed, and ready to tackle the rest of my Sunday night to do list.