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No Time For Excuses

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As I usually do on Tuesday mornings, I set my alarm for 6am so I could get up and go running. I planned on a short 1.5-2 mile run, as my body is still somewhat recovering from my hilly 5k on Saturday. I didn't want to go too hard too fast and hurt myself. I was really quite thrilled about this run this morning because it would be my first since the race and I've kind of missed running (since Saturday...haha. Wow. WHO AM I?)

Imagine my dismay when I woke up to hear the rumblings of thunder. This is the first time since I started running that I've had any sort of roadblock, in terms of weather. I know...I've been pretty lucky! A full month without a drop of rain!

So, I laid in bed and played out all the excuses and rebuttals in my head...for the sake of this illustration, I will label my inner voices "Gollum" and "Smiegel" (yeeeaaah...you know what's up, LOTR fans!) OK, enough nerdiness.

GOLLUM: Can't run. Might as well sleep more.

SMIEGEL: But...I *could* get up and eat breakfast and maybe it will pass by 7am. Not tired anymore anyway.

GOLLUM: But you'll be late for work.

SMIEGEL: So what? I'm on salary and boss said I could run whenever I want during the day, as long as I get 40 hours in.

GOLLUM: You'll get all wet. Not worth it.

SMIEGEL: I miss running...it IS worth it. No one will be out there to see me. Eddie and Brenda ran a half marathon in pouring rain and strong winds on Sunday. Don't be a wuss.

GOLLUM/SMIEGEL: OK, I'm getting dressed.

Walked outside and got about 0.1 miles and almost got struck by lightning twice. TURN AROUND AND GO HOME. I'm not THAT crazy!

So, I was bummed, right? But I checked the hourly forecast for the day on my phone and saw that the rain would clear up around 8am or 9am. Then, return around 10am. Then, sunny until nighttime. BUT...when the sun came out, it would be 86 degrees and humid. So, if I ran after work, it would be MISERABLE.

So, here is the question...what does a real athlete do in this situation? The fact is...my boss is a runner. She completely understands this conundrum and she has flat out told me that I can take a run whenever I want, as long as I get my work done. I have a private office with a private bathroom. And, even though I share this office with a co-worker, she does most of her work from home and only comes in for meetings. So, it would be likely that I would have the entire office to myself all day.

It was still early. emoticon

Quickly ate breakfast, packed my running gear and headed off to work a half hour early. Mapped a run on campus and the minute that rain stopped, I set my phone to "Do Not Disturb" and got out there for my run. The temperature was PERFECT.

You know, it's a good thing I did this because I set a personal best for my mile time today. 13 minutes, which is right on track for my next goal - to run my June 9th 5k in 40 minutes or less.

Looking forward to Thursday's run, although the forecast calls for thunderstorms again. But, as we know now...that's not gonna stop me.

Will it stop you?
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ALIDOSHA 10/26/2012 4:27PM

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DEBK0923 6/18/2012 8:22AM

    great blog, good job

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SLPORTER1978 6/1/2012 1:23PM

    Great job. This was a great learning lesson of me as I tend to make too many excuses for why I am not exercising.

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SHIRDI32 6/1/2012 9:20AM

  Great job! It's raining here in MI but you are a big motivator so I won't let this weather stop me either :)

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/1/2012 9:07AM

    Fantastic! And how very fortunate you are to have a boss like that! WOW! Good on you, girl! Keep up the great work - and run your heart out!

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BLOOMING52 5/31/2012 9:57PM

    Thank you.

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LOLAJO54 5/31/2012 9:50PM

    lol well with lightning .. yes .. but I would just run on my treadmill ..
hey you great blog !!! and so true what our conscience does to us..
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I am doing a 5k on June 10th --let's think of each other and do our personal best!! woohoo!

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SHIRE33 5/31/2012 9:16PM

    Lots of rain in the forecast tomorrow, but cool. So I hope that I can get some cleaning done in the morning and then run in the afternoon. And harvest lettuce.

It's interesting when you get serious enough that you have to get creatively insistent on getting a run in. :D

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ZJLF35 5/31/2012 8:36PM

  I can't even get my boss to let me take an 1.5 hour lunch so I can take a spin class - I even offered to stay .5 hours later too!

Sounds like you're in a great situation to be at the weathers mercy!

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IBSFOSTER 5/31/2012 8:30PM

  I was once a runner, and would like to be one again one day soon, so I was thrilled to read your blog and could relate to your tenacity and determination, if only in memories! Thanks for sharing.

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ZENSTEPH 5/31/2012 7:31PM

    So awesome the way you found your way through this. emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 5/31/2012 6:55PM

    You are such a strong person. I know that I would have let the excuses guide me. I aspire to be like you.

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JULIA1154 5/31/2012 3:55PM

  Loved the voices in your head - and the fact that you were rewarded with such a great run. Congratulations on your new personal best!

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RUTZY63 5/31/2012 3:07PM

  I used to run but had to stop as I had a toxic thyroid! However, have now got the all clear to start again and you are inspiring me! I need to start at the beginning as it is at least 8 months since I last ran and I have gained 3 stone in weight...(meds didn't help). Any hints and tips would be great thanks! emoticon

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M0R3N0 5/31/2012 12:48PM

    Glad your "Smiegel" side won! Way to go girl!

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MAMAMANDA83 5/31/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome. Sounds like you have a great boss!

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LUCKYONE60 5/31/2012 11:47AM

    Great dialouge! I could hear their voices too. Good for you for thinking like a runner and not a "fat" person!

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TISTEN23 5/31/2012 11:32AM

    LOVE the reference to LOTR!! Reading it, I totally heard their voices in my head!! Good for you making great use of your day!! I think I probably would have just done an inside workout. Thats what I am used to anyways! Keep up the hard work! I am proud of you for stickin to it! :)

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PRICANSTINA84 5/31/2012 10:22AM

    Very awesome!so glad your boss is understanding :-)

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/31/2012 9:41AM

    Way to go. Wish my boss was as understanding as yours.

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MSTAPLE1 5/31/2012 7:54AM

  Way to go!

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NIKO27 5/31/2012 6:44AM

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LEMALONE1960 5/31/2012 6:34AM

    I have a treadmill.....Not one of the ultra modern ones that has a outboard motor in it either- I have an old school you gotta run and GRIP and PUSH that belt to make it move kinda ones that make you WORK for your speed. That's what I do here in England when it's storming with lightning- which it occasionally is. If it's just a drizzle or even a hard rain without lightning- I go on my regualr outdoor walk/run tho.

You are SOOO lucky to have a boss who runs too and understands....I've always had nose to the grindstone lard butts for bosses who didnt understand the concept of the NEED to run.


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And Good for you siding with Smeigle......and for allowing Gollum to join y'all. :-)

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PASKALINI 5/31/2012 6:13AM

    BWAHAHAHAHA I love the dialog! Way to go getting out there anyhow! I have also debated and decided to jog/run/walk whatever in the rain. Although I probably would have turned back and waited too if the lightning was involved. Yesterday was my rest day and I WAS ITCHING TO RUN... WHAT!?!?! Unheard of!! I completely understand how you feel!!! Keep up the good work! I hope you kick butt at your 5k on the 9th :)

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SHINYZALATA 5/31/2012 2:50AM

    This is amazing , isnpiringg and i coldnt wait to finish the blog to know wat u did:)

thank you 4 inspiring us

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ON2VICTORY 5/31/2012 1:39AM

    way funny.... you are now serving the PRECIOUS!! (Running)

lol.... Robert loves the dialog....yeeeesssssss...Robert does...

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REENIE131 5/30/2012 10:07PM

    Great job!

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NEWCHINELO 5/30/2012 4:26PM

    this is really inspiring.

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EUEK098 5/30/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon , no excuses.

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PCASEY7 5/30/2012 3:26PM

    Where there's a will there's a way! Good thing your boss is so flexible!

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CHUM48 5/30/2012 3:15PM

    Hang in there you can do it!

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LADYBUG_KOOL 5/30/2012 2:35PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CPATRICK9 5/30/2012 2:19PM

    Good for you!

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MARIES32 5/30/2012 1:38PM

    I know exactly what you mean when you wrote, "WHO AM I?" Good job accepting no excuses.
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TONYVAND1 5/30/2012 11:25AM

  Thanks for sharing

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GALINAZ 5/30/2012 11:23AM

    This is the best advice! You've reminded me that every day, making little changes to get healthy is the way to permanent habits. Thanks for the inspiration!

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POISONGIRL999 5/30/2012 11:06AM

    Great job!!!! I am truly inspired by the fact that you were going to get the jog in no matter what! I need to think more like you. I always let the excuse side win :(

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SHELLB7 5/30/2012 11:00AM

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CHEFMOM1199 5/30/2012 10:43AM

  WAY TO GO!! emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 5/30/2012 10:40AM

    Awesome blog...loved the conversation between Gollum and Smeigal....could even see their little faces and funny little bodies! LOL!!!

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MIMIDOT 5/30/2012 9:37AM

    Another great blog! I sooo envy you running. Wish I could. I try a little, but at my age I'm hesitant. Keep up the good work!

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CICELY360 5/30/2012 9:31AM

  Good blog.

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YULLABELLE 5/30/2012 9:26AM

    You are emoticon and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. you give me hope for the future. emoticon

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FARIS71 5/30/2012 9:13AM

    You go girl! That is a true sign of a champion - no excuses. Good call on the lightning tho - I did the same thing the other morning. You are an inspiration!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/30/2012 8:44AM

    Your boss gets an "A"!!! AND SO DO YOU!!

Hard work!

Dedication!

NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!! emoticon

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