Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Streak Day 30. The hardest mile ever... maybe the best one yet!

Day 30 of my holiday streak.  I wanted to give up this morning.  "Who cares?"  That voice keeps chanting in  my head.  "No.  Honestly.  Who Cares?  If you stop now and stop posting on your blog or facebook page that you are streaking... will anyone care?"    A much smaller voice reasoned "It's just a mile.  Go get it done and another day is in the books." 

Nope.  Not motivated.  

Then the even smaller voice of my 3 year old pierced through the argument in my head.

"Mama.  I want to run with you."

Time to lace up those shoes and get moving.  If there isn't many on the world wide web who "care" about my journey or my struggles through it... there certainly is someone outside of myself who does.  My children.  

I helped Bugaboo pick out some warm clothes and we powered through a mile.  An entire mile!  Together. 

My best little running partner...
It wasn't a miracle mile.  Actually I kept trying to bargain with her if I could turn around now and take her back home to her daddy so I could get my mile done.  Nope.  She wouldn't have it... and as cranky as I was becoming to just "hurry up"... I realized that I hadn't even wanted to run in the first place, and now she got me out there.  I wasn't going to kick her to the curb and tell her she couldn't be there with me.  What kind of example is that?  Yeah.  I like running-time to be "me time" to clear my head and think straight and piece together my sanity at times... but this was different.

Was it an awesome run?  No.
Was it fast and full of heart pumping endorphins and exhilarating?  No.

Not every run can be that.

Was it goofy, full of laughs and looking for "huge pine cones"?  Yes.


After a loooong 20 minute mile, we came inside to a nice cup of hot chocolate.  Well, Bugaboo had some.  I'm not having a sweet tooth right now so I'll keep the 100 calories I burned on the longest one mile ever and savor her happiness to bond on a run and snuggle up after.

"Where did the marshmallows go?"

Day 27 of the run streak in 17 degree weather.
Besides, Day 27 was my euphoric run.  Hold on to those... they just don't happen every day.  What fun would that be if they did? 

Any secrets to overcoming those negative thoughts or lack of motivation?  Share your secrets with me!  :)


  1. That's so great that you found the motivation today through your little cutie! Parents do so much for their kids, and today, she did something for you!

  2. Nice job getting out there! And it's extra awesome that you got your motivation from your daughter!

  3. Wow, what a great little motivator you have there. And it sounds like spending Q.T. with her on that mile did end up being the "perfect" run in my book! <3

  4. Thank you! :) She is a perfect little motivator. I'm happy that she's picking up on some of the more healthy habits I'm modeling and doesn't have to struggle as much as I have with weight. I missed her today on my quick run... Now every time I see pine cones, I'm tempted to slow down to collect them, but then remember she isn't with me. Ha! :)

  5. My biggest source of motivation is an obsessive-compulsive desire to improve my race times. At the beginning of the year, I wrote down a list of running goals, like total mileage for the year and times I wanted to beat for 1 mile, 5K, and 10K. If I feel a lack of motivation on a given day that's not a planned rest day, I think back to those goals . . . .

    1. oooh. That is an excellent idea! I think I'm going to have to get more organized for 2014!!