Since July 3 I have run every other day. They aren't long runs, about 5 to 7 kilometres, but I'm out there and getting some exercise and fresh air. After I graduated from law school I visited Toronto for a few days. I remember seeing people running and rollerblading down by the lake and I wanted to be one of those people. I didn't know I was going to be moving to Toronto at that time, but when we did get here, we embraced outdoor exercising, particularly along the lake. Whenever I am out running or biking, I think to myself (and sometimes say to Dave out loud), "Hey, we're doing it, we're those people that are outside doing things".
Setting a goal to run every other day really helped me. I knew it was unrealistic to say I would run everyday but knowing that the next day was coming up meant I could plan. For the most part I set my alarm early (5:45) and ran for 30 to 40 minutes in the morning before work. Sometimes if a morning run wasn't possible, I would go after supper. I saw many beautiful sunrises. I saw one coyote, one skunk, and a few raccoons. It only rained one time when I went for a run, so we obviously had a pretty great summer.
Once I started with this pattern I knew I couldn't give up. I ran even when we went camping and when we were visiting other people. Running is great because it takes very little gear and you can go for a quick run or a long run depending on the time you have. I made time for running throughout the summer and I was really happy about it.
I am going to take a break from running while we are away (although I will bring my sneakers and try to get some exercise) and then when we get back, it will be even darker in the mornings and it will be getting colder. I would like to keep up my routine of exercising every other day no matter what. Somedays that will be a run, other days it may be a work out in the basement.
A lot of those mornings it was super humid so I'm come back a hot mess.
Getting ready for a night run with my new orange top and white sneakers.