I’m a dad. I’m a husband. I’m an employee.
Just like virtually every other person on this planet, I have real world responsibilities. While I enjoy running (and it arguably helps keep me sane), I either have to get creative to squeeze in a workout, or I have to skip it altogether. To top it off, my wife enjoys running and other fitness-related activities and we have to make sure there’s a balance so that we can both work towards achieving our goals.
The past few weeks have been a perfect example of our ability to get creative. We’ve been mired in our kids’ extracurricular activities and we had a major health scare for my wife’s grandmother.
Don’t get me wrong – our kids and the health of my wife’s grandmother is of far greater importance than me getting in a tempo run. But life is about balance, and everyone deals with it.
I heard a quote recently, and I’m probably going to butcher it, but it was something along the lines of “Don’t look for motivation; build discipline.” An acquaintance of ours within the local running community calls this finding time in the “in-betweens”.
I’m accustomed to running during weekdays at 4:30 pm. Do I want to have to run at 5:15 am, or at 7:45 pm? No. Not at all. Would I rather run outside than on the treadmill? Duh. Is it more enjoyable doing mile repeats on a track than in your garage? That’s a no-brainer. But when things of greater importance create roadblocks, you can either get creative, or you can get complacent. You can either try to find motivation, or you can build discipline.