Do you ever feel guilty about not getting a run in? You have it planned and then life just gets in the way. I can attest to that lately. After working 12 hour shifts at work, running is the last thing I want to do. Even though I have not been getting my runs in that I’d like to, I still feel like I am getting enough activity in. I still manage to get at least 20,000 steps in on days at work when I do not run. So I guess I am doing okay.
So my runs are taking a backseat. Do you feel when an area in life is not going the way you’d like, that another one suffers as well? That brings me to my second thing I am feeling guilty about, is my eating. Since I have been having no time for my runs, I have had no time to be cooking my meals either. I will sleep in until 10:30am and have to be to work by 12(I live 30 mins from work). So by the time I shower and get ready, I am running out the door. Dunkin Donuts drive through it is on the way to work. I get to work and there is never any time to eat. I may have a granola bar or pack of gummies, but that’s it. When I get off at 12 of course I am starving, and the only place that is open on the way home is Taco Bell Drive Thru. I know not the healthiest, but I am so hungry at the time and I do not want to make anything at home that I end up eating it on the drive home. This seems to be a vicious cycle for my 3-4 day stretch at work.
Earlier this week and I could not even sleep in because I had an appointment in the morning. I actually woke up before my alarm(which always stinks), so I decided since I was up I should probably run, because if I don’t run now, I will not do it later because it will either be too hot or I won’t be able to pass up a text from my friend that wants to go to the beach. Getting it out of the way first thing is always the best. I thought my legs would feel really heavy for not running for a few days, but it was the complete opposite. I felt great and my legs felt very refreshed. I did 3 miles and felt like I could have continued longer had it not been for my appointment I had.
After my appointment my friend did end up asking to go to the beach. I thought to myself, I am glad I ran earlier. We had a relaxing day at the beach then had a late lunch afterwards. I arrived home that evening and ended up doing another 4 miles with my running buddy, and then I had a salad for dinner. So even though I don’t keep up with my running and/or eating on days I work, I’d like to think that I do a good job on my days off. Besides, I am not training for anything right now, and as long as I keep a decent base I need to be happy with that.