I will fully admit that running in the morning is not exactly going to plan. There are many days I wake up and think “I can’t do this” for whatever reason. A good percentage of those days I let myself believe I can’t and go back to bed. On the days I do manage to get up and get going it usually is someone else that pushes me out the door. Sometimes its Brian grumbling at me to turn the alarm off (which as a motivator I have been keeping in the kitchen) other times its Gus’ face in the bedroom window and a low “wake up” bark.
Imagine my surprise today when the bedroom alarm went off at 5:30 and Brian popped out of bed. “Alright, let’s go!” he said brightly. I rolled out of bed, laced up and we hit the pavement, together. It’s been a long time since I have run with someone. In fact it may have been my senior year of high school running with the tennis team. It was nice to have someone encouraging me to push myself and check my form.
It reminded me of the days Maren and I would spend at the gym, working our abs more by laughing than by actually staying on the balance ball. Or playing tennis with buddies, workout videos with roommates, and yoga with siblings. Working out with a friend creates a whole new element in your fitness routine. It helps you take your mind off the pain and have a little fun. So find a friend, share a laugh, and shed some pounds.