After being away at class last weekend and eating out all the time, I was proud of myself for getting back into my normal morning gym routine this past week. We’ve been doing some long training classes at work and lunches were catered in every day for those as well, so my eating has been a little heavier than normal. Without those gym sessions, I would be even more steps back than I already feel.
The other morning I was having a particularly difficult time finding motivation on the treadmill. I was sleepy, thinking about a million other things I needed to get done, and regretting past food choices. I was watching Way Too Early on MSNBC, and a story came on about Brendan Marrocco, an Iraq war veteran who was left a quadruple amputee after a roadside bombing in 2009.
I continued running during clips of his press conference, and I was amazed by his positive attitude. He had already had prosthetic legs and he had just undergone a double-arm transplant. His remarks were positive, hopeful and determined.
As I was contemplating quitting on the treadmill, I felt so selfish. I imaged all he was going to have to go through still in the future, and his story reminded me that I chose to be there and how complaining about a bad workout or not making it to the gym is so inconsequential. Some people have hard choices made for them, and the news clip was a good reminder of how inconsequential things can sometimes be. My health is a privilege and my workouts are my choice. I can choose to be there or not, but it’s not an obligation, and I really have nothing to complain about. I was running because I wanted to.
28-Day Blog Challenge
Katy Widrick has created the 28-Day Blog Challenge for the month of February to build community and to help bloggers give their blogs some facelifts. Since I’m pretty amateur when it comes to all this, I thought I would try to tackle some of her suggestions. I invite you to join along!
For my first order of business, I’ve finally updated my About Me page. It was pretty outdated, so I’m excited for the refresh that better aligns with my blogging mission.
Why do you run?