This morning I woke up and was immediately indecisive.
I didn’t really want to go for a run and I definitely didn’t want to be cooped up in our basement with Leslie Sansone and so, a choice had to be made:
I could stay in bed cuddled up next to Jefferson, listening to the birds sing, drifting in and out of dreamland or I could go out and accept the gift of sunshine that’s been given to me, breathe in the fresh air and think about all of the exciting culinary adventures I’ve got planned for this coming up long weekend.
And so, I got my running gear on and headed outside with a spring in my step to welcome whatever today would bring me.
….Oh who am I kidding? That was the “pleasantville” episode of my life this morning.
In reality, the alarm went off, I grumbled and cursed under my breath, stubbed my toe on the dresser, grumbled and cursed some more, angrily put my running gear on (remembered my garmin body band but completely forgot my garmin watch) and then dragged my feet to the end of the curb where I theoretically should start running.
My mind told me it was time to get going.
My body told my mind to go fly a kite.
I grumbled and cursed some more (like Joe Pesci does in the movie Home Alone after he grabs the red hot doorknob or when his head is lit on fire by a blow torch) and then finally started out on what would prove to be a pathetic yet satisfying run.
Was it the best run I’ve ever had? No.
Did I have to convince myself that I could keep going with every step I took? Yes.
Did I almost kiss the pavement? Twice.
On the other hand,
Was it the worst run I’ve ever had? No.
Was I able to keep going regardless of the epic battle between mind and body? Yes.
Did I kiss the pavement? Not today.
It’s all about perspective and attitude.
I had a crummy attitude about my run BEFORE I even set foot on the pavement and as a result it was mentally, and in turn physically, a very difficult run.
Moral of the story:
Change your perspective and your attitude will follow suit. And you know what? Your life just may resemble a pleasantville episode afterall.
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