WHY have I started trying to run?
WHAT convinced me that was a good idea?
WHAT can I possibly sell myself on today to make me a little more happy about going out to do this when I'd rather stay in my pajamas, drink coffee, read a book (because I am WAY behind) and generally NOT run?
Motives. What are my motives?
In no particular order and made up as I go....
- It's a step closer to the following 30 x 30 goals: Run a 10k, Exercise Regularly, Be Skinny, and Have Sexy Legs
- I think people who exercise have more self-confidence which is a positive thing, you know, feeling like you can do something that you want to do
- I want to live a life where I am healthy and able to be involved in my children's lives and not by yelling at them from the couch that has molded to the shape of my would-be generous backside
- I want to teach my children that they need to treat their bodies with respect and take care of them
- When my daughter is grown and juggling her adult life I want her to know that she is worth the time it takes to keep her body healthy
- When my sons are grown and juggling their adult lives I want them to encourage their wives (one respective wife for each, not three for Peanut and two for Pickle) to be healthy and do what they need to do
- Heart disease, folks. I'd like to not have that.
- Rage. I think I have some pent-up anger issues and running is an acceptable outlet for that.
- I enjoy the sense of accomplishment I get from doing something interruption-free
- I listen to music that I like pumped directly into my ears at a volume loud enough to melt my brain. (I'm sure there's a downside to that like hearing loss, but I'll risk it)
- I don't think while I run. It's completely here and now. This foot. That foot. Repeat. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. There's no worrying, there's no thinking, there's no planning ahead. It's a complete break from the stressed out knot of worries that is my brain every other minute of my waking life.
- Every exercise session that I do I reward myself with a new tune I can download and I like new tunes.
- Once I start running long enough to burn calories I will hopefully start to lose weight which will bring me that much closer to being the weight on my driver's license... :)
- I get wicked headaches where the medical "cure" is to take medicine that makes me sleep for 12 hours at a time, which was inconvenient before children, but almost impossible to do now that I'm the mother and primary caretaker of small children. When I am exercising regularly I get less headaches.
- I have problems falling asleep and I'm hopeful that exercise will help that as well. (Decreasing my evening caffeine intake would probably help too, but I'm not ready for that...)
- Brace yourselves, but I think I might actually start to like running....