Nothin’ gets your ass in gear better than a big dose of GUILT!
I’m not gonna lie to you…I had a really rough weekend (one that I’d rather not talk about thank-you-very-much), but with every Sunday comes a new week. I had been thinking about running all day. I couldn’t wait to get home, change, and get out there. I had some after-school commitments I had to fulfill, so I was late getting home today. By the time I walked in through the front door, I was beat. I looked over at my running shoes and said “Sorry guys, not today…” Looking for sympathy, I sat down next to my husband and hung my head, hoping he would empathize with my weariness. This is how our conversation went:
Me: Oh babe, I’m so tired and I had such a long day. I don’t think I’m going to run today.
Him: But hadn’t you been thinking about this all day?
Me: Yes, but I’m just sooooooooooooooo tired! I can’t possibly run.
Him: OK, don’t run. Just don’t forget to write that in your blog.
Him: You know, your blog? Don’t forget to write that you didn’t run in your blog!
Me: But wait…do you think I should run?
Him: I don’t know. What do you think?
Me: I’m tired…
Him: OK, don’t run.
Me: But then I’ll feel guilty!
Him: Then run!
Him: Either way, you have to write your blog.
Well, that kind of sealed the deal. I mumbled and grumbled as I put on my running gear. I grumbled and mumbled as I pulled on my shoes (“Oh, hey guys! Yeah, I guess we’ll be going out today after all…“). I bumbled and mumbled and grumbled as I walked over to the school. The varsity boys team was playing a soccer game at the school, so quite a few of my students were there, both playing and watching. I liked hearing the motivational calls of “Go, miss!” and “Keep going, miss!” One of my students even ran my victory lap with me! I know I’ve said this before, but I love my job, I love my students, and I love running. And no, I don’t feel any guilt in putting these things in that particular order. 🙂