101 Things to do in 1001 Days #30 – Run 3 times a week for a month
Well I have been home from Kokoda for a month now (how can it possibly have been so long ago?) and during that time I have been running most mornings. I didn’t run the morning after I returned home, nor did I run the morning that I had to start work at 6am, but every other weekday morning, I have been out pounding the pavement in the wee hours of the morning. I know I have had stints of running in the past, but this is the first time that I have actually enjoyed the running part of going for a run, normally I relish the 30 minutes of peace and quiet and dread the actual exercise. I am finding that I can run the entire loop without too much effort and I may actually be running a little faster now than I was when I first returned.
Despite this new found fitness, or at least desire to be fit, I am afraid that the school holidays and lack of routine will kill my exercise mojo. I am a creature of habit. Monday to Friday I sleep in my running gear, I generally wake before my alarm sounds and then sneak downstairs and out the door, I am enjoying the brisk Melbourne air before I have even registered that I am awake and out of the warm comfort of my bed. I am concerned that once holidays begin, next week, that I will spend so much time driving up and down the freeway to my parents house and playing taxi to the kids that I won’t have the time nor the energy to go running. I am loathe to set my alarm during holidays but at the same time I know that I am very unlikely to run during daylight hours when real people can actually see me and laugh at my plodding run (I know I would laugh at me!).
What should I do? Do I just forgo exercise for the school holidays and hope that I will fall out of bed, full of energy wanting to go for a run when school goes back or try to make myself exercise during daylight hours? Do I re-start this challenge and try to run 3 times a week next term?