I woke up Tuesday, about 4:20am, with the intent of running about 7 miles. Typically when I get up, my first stop is my daughters’ rooms to tuck them in so they don’t wake up cold, cry and then wake my wife. As I was tucking in my oldest my phone began to vibrate – work was calling.
I’m a computer nerd. Actually I’m an ex computer nerd who manages a team of computer nerds. And when the computers aren’t happy – we get called. Computers don’t care if it’s 4:20am and a run is on my schedule.
I won’t bore you with the details, but it quickly looked like I would not be enjoying my morning run.
Fortunately though, after spending about 40 minutes on the phone with one of my team members, life on the work front was once again happy.
At this point, I could’ve fired up the teapot and pressed a cup of coffee and read the news. Or crawl back in bed for a quick nap. Both sounded great. But I saw my running gear on the chair beside me – waiting to go enjoy the snow. And that’s what I really wanted. Rather than bail on my run entirely, I ran 4 miles instead.
I can’t remember the last time I only ran 4 miles. But you know what? It still felt great to get out and enjoy the brisk February morning.
My advice to you – the next time work calls, or something else unexpected pops up – run! A short run is better than no run in my book. I think you’ll feel good about running vs. being annoyed that your original plans were spoiled.
What’re your weekend running plans? I hope to run somewhere around 14 miles tomorrow. It’ll be a cold on in Michigan!