Monday is the start of a workweek for many.
Where I live in Southern California may mean leaving the comforts of home to get somewhere. And sharing that journey with many others on the road is part of that journey.
I’m blessed to not have to commute in traffic. Depending on my Monday morning run route, I’ll be right in the middle of the escape to work.
When I take this route, I make it a point to be a good ambassador for running, by having a big smile on my face while running next to a line of traffic. I touch on this in a post entitled, “I Try to Not to be That Guy”.
Weekends can be full and this weekend was packed for me. My running training schedule for Saturday called for 10 miles. I had an event to attend and I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I’m so slow that MUCH time needs to be available for these long runs. (I’ll be writing a post at some point on Embracing Slow.) I was able to get 5 miles in on Saturday and was happy about that.
Sunday we had an Anniversary celebration at our Church that just was an amazing time. After that we took our son off to college, which was strangely emotional for me. Fortunately, he’s not too far away and we will still see him occasionally. If he were across the country, this would be much harder.
I bring this personal stuff up in the context of the SuccessFit4Life! because being active is a part of my life. As I wandered his college campus taking a detour after dumping some trash, I found myself crying over our life change and seeing my son grow up. (Wow! I’m really laying myself bare here, but what the heck) I cried over this before and now him leaving has become VERY real. He has become a fine young man and I’m thankful for that.
Walking around the school, I knew I needed to get out and run Monday morning. With everything that’s going on in business and life, clearing my head with a run Monday was something I was looking forward to. Running is healthy for my mind. Cycling, swimming, hiking, Yoga…whatever you like to do is a good thing.
So…here I am Monday morning ready go and I had a great time doing 5 miles with my new running buddy, Kona. Breaking a 10 mile training run into two 5 mile runs is not ideal, but at least I’m getting miles in. Kona our 10-month-old shepherd/husky mix is a parting gift from our son.
He wanted a puppy, now we HAVE a puppy. Did we want a puppy that loves to destroy things? Would we have gotten a big dog that sheds like crazy? Uh…no, but we have her and it turns out she really is a great running dog. That’s a blessing.
This Monday is a good day. I have reflected on the awesome things that lie ahead. Whatever day you are reading this…count your blessings, be thankful and make it a great day!