You’ve laid your running clothes out the night before and set your alarm for some obscene hour in the 5:00’s and no matter how early you get to bed, when you hear that annoying ringing in your ear your first reaction is to….hit off and roll over and go back to sleep, RIGHT?? This is when my #1 MOTIVATOR comes in…FRIENDS!!!!!!!! If you do not have a running buddy, you are missing out! For years I ran solo with my ipod of hundreds of songs and I thought life was great. I found a few other girls that ran and my first reaction was that I’d be too slow for them and that I would have nothing to say to them, or it would be too hard to talk anyway. Quite the opposite occurred. I was slower in the beginning, but running with someone faster pushed my level up a notch and I got used to running faster. As for the talking part, that has never been a problem. Get a group of 5 busy Mom’s together and you could talk for 20 miles, easily. I look forward to meeting my friends to run or go to the gym. I’ve almost become dependent on them, in a good way. The other day I set my alarm to go to the gym solo and I can’t tell you how different my mood was. It was much much less exciting and I started to think of every excuse in the book to delay my exercise for the day and I LOVE TO EXERCISE! So, my #1 advice for anyone trying to lose weight or get into a regular exercise routine, FIND A FRIEND!!!!! You will LOVE it so much more and be more motivated to stick to your plan when you know you have a friend waiting for you in the cold dark!!
This is a good time for me to post about my exercise friends because I NEED to take a break from my workouts. This is not by my own choice but because I clumsily stumbled on the road while running a few days ago and my right foot completely gave out and crumbled beneath me. So sad. The pain got worse as I limped home, not even a mile out. I was planning on an 8 miler. Disappointing. So, I am off my feet for awhile with a very swollen and bruised foot. I have a compression sock on that covers my whole foot and ankle and I’m taking Aleve. My Mom tells me to go in to see if it’s broken, but it doesn’t hurt as bad 2 days later so I’m guessing it’s not broken. I have been injured plenty of times before and every time I hate it, especially when I’m on a training schedule for a marathon, but THIS WILL ALL BE BUT A BRIEF MOMENT!!!!! I’m going to eat better than ever and still do some weight training. I thought of posting a picture of my foot, but it was so ugly I couldn’t do it. I feel like I have the black foot like Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds.
Here are a few pics of my exercise friends over the years. THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!