It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon; I’ve started some laundry, stacked the morning dishes, begun prepping dinner. The kids are actually playing with home-made play dough (I saw it on a toddler blog, and thought what the hell) together, peacefully.
Hold your applause, please. I take out my messy bun to tighten it up a bit and notice that my hair is still wet from my run this morning. I brush my cheek with my hand and inadvertently exfoliate myself with the salt crystals glazing my skin. I finished my long run, super sweaty from the humidity, about five hours ago. Yes, today, like more days than I care to admit, Showering lost to Running. Again.
People wonder sometimes how I fit in 40, 50, 60 or even 70 miles in a week. Of course they wondered that when I only ran in the 20-30 mile range, too. I hear a lot of “I just don’t have the time” from certain people before they switch to a full synopsis of all the different tv series they follow. It is true I am not working full-time outside the home anymore, though when I was a high school science teacher I fit in the mileage at 5:00 am.
My husband is a high school principal and a doctoral student, making me the manager of the household. I’m the 24-hour-on-call parent to our two children and our puppy. That feels like a full-time job, one for which I don’t have to write lesson plans and create curriculum or worry about state test scores, iron my clothes, or even necessarily put on deodorant.
It’s all about priorities. Running to me is like brushing my teeth; the question is never whether or not I’ll do it, just when. Other things become secondary, since I’m limited to just 24 hours each day. Things that lose to Running? Showers. Like I mentioned, either they entirely don’t happen or occur at bizarrely odd times like late at night or before my run so I can look somewhat presentable for the Parent Club meeting or doctor appointment after the run.
(Hmm, I got perfume for Mother’s Day. Was this a coincidence?)
Makeup is starting to lose more often. Sitting. Reading. Watching tv. Sleeping in. Sleep in general. Talking on the phone. You get the idea. All these things lose to Running.
Once Running becomes a priority, it becomes habit. And after time, good habits lead to great things. Well, and perma-sweaty hair; but, that’s totally like using that beachy sea-salt texturizing spray stuff for free, right?
How do you prioritize your day to fit in your runs? What most often loses to Running in your daily schedule?