6:50 Woke up
6:52 Made & drank coffee
6:55 Took Clover out & fed her
7:00 Ate banana
7:05 Drank second coffee
7:10 Played quick round of frisbee w/ Clover
7:15 Drank a NUUN
7:20 Checked email
7:25 Got dressed to run
7:30 Went on a mad search for hair ties
7:35 Cursed several times bc I forgot to charge my Garmin (plugged it back in to try and eek out enough for the run)
7:40 Made Snapchat video w/ Grace, age 9 (my buds Mac & Heather just introduced me to it. My daughter, Grace is teaching me what to do.)
7:45 Changed my outfit (it was hotter than I thought)
7:50 Applied sunscreen
7:55 Checked in w/ my girls to let them know I was leaving. Big mistake. Got delayed as they threw out random questions like:
~ Mom, can I get my ears pierced? (um, no)
~ Mom, can I go over to the Sweet's house (it's 8:00am, so not yet)
~ Mom, we go to town and buy candy today? (if I say maybe will you stop asking?)
8:15 Did multiple laps around the house trying to find my running shoes. Grrrr.
8:20 Made a quick stop in the bathroom.
8:30 Left for run
And that was all before the run even started. When I finally got on the road, I gave the whole thing (old process vs new process) some more thought. Back when my time was more limited, not only would I be up and at 'em with everything already 100% prepared, but the run itself would also be efficient. It had to be. I'd head off, get in the zone and crank out the miles. No dawdling, no distractions; nothing would set me off course. Nowadays, I find myself walking or shuffle jogging the first half mile or so, stopping mid-run to chat with friends if I see them, pausing to pick out a new playlist, even finishing down at Starbucks and walking the extra mile home. Don't get me wrong, my time is still precious. It's just not quite as critical to have a plan and stick to it anymore. So, instead of the head down, forge ahead manner that I used to apply to my running, it's now more of an experience that I like to dive into and take full advantage of. Sure, the whole thing - start to finish - takes a lot longer. And, yes, I do need significantly more caffeine before I get started. But, the net result is the same. When I get home, I'm refreshed and ready to start my day. I'm guessing that will never change. Thank goodness.
Listen to this:
Ghosts - Alagoas