Even when you don’t want too.

ok, so the smoke was NOTHING like this...

So, Yesterday turned into one of those days.  It was beautiful out – the sort of day we have all been dreaming about all winter. I spoke to The Wife, and we came up with a  great plan to head over to the park after work.  She and I were going to go for a run, while the kids rode their bikes – a great family evening. So I stopped at Walmart, and had the overwhelming smell of burning oil, and smoke coming out from my wheel-well of my minivan.  Well, we didn’t go to the park (which made for some very sad children – but we will reschedule!)

No Rest for the Runner!

Needless to say, after dealing with all of that, doing some dinner shopping (hey we WERE at Walmart) neither my wife nor I were in the mood to go running. In her defense, she is just starting and is sore – and she will be on her feet all day. In my defense… ok, I don’t have one.  I have been running 2 days, and taking a day off – but it had been pointed out to me that current research/studies show that you can run 6 days with a rest day.   This of course equates to more calories burned, which would obviously help me drop some of the excess weight I am lugging around.  But I didn’t want to go. I was able to come up with many reasons that I should take it as a rest day.  So I didn’t run, ate dinner with the family and then sat in a chair on my computer.  Yet, I sat there feeling guilty. It seems my self-rationalization is not quite as effective as it used to be.  Upstairs I went, tossed on some running clothes, and headed out the door.  I had only planned on doing 3 miles, but decided to push it a bit further as I was feeling good.  I ended up with a nice 4.5 mile run – bringing me to a total for the week (So far) of 14.5 miles for the week.  I should definitely make 20 for the week – and might even hit 25!

I had been having some issues with my bluetooth heart rate monitor as well – but by soaking the band before running, and unpairing/pairing it before hand – had it working as well!  I ran too fast based on my heart rate. 😦  I also ran in my Asics, as I still have blisters from not getting my VFFs seated properly. Luckily they give blisters that will not bother me in ANY shoe except for Vibrams!

I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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