Do you feel like you have no time to squeeze in fitness? Are you always setting goals and not finding a way to accomplish them?
At many points of my life this was exactly how I felt. I was a great goal setter but a goal finisher was another thing. When I rang in the New Year, I made it a goal to run 100 miles a month. Breaking it down, on most months it only equaled out to be about 3miles a day, completely doable, whether I was feeling it or not, I could walk 3miles!
During these months I have learned to not fall behind, nothing is worse than having to make up a massive amount of miles at the end of the month. This means, fitting in the miles in some of the most peculiar of places and at crazy times of the day.
Last Sunday, I needed to get in a minimum of 5miles to stay on track for the week. I knew the week ahead was filled with school, sports, work, and a variety of other tasks. On Sunday, I had: church from 10-1230, a baseball party 1-3, grocery store 3-4, cooking 4-430, and a BBQ with Kellie and Mary at 430! After planning my day I realized the only time I had to run was if I ran to church.
Our church is located only five miles from the house, and I thought, if I left on time I would arrive to church just in the nick of time, I would be sweaty, but I did not care and I was pretty certain God would not either.
I got to mile 3 and wanted to stop and walk. There is something very funny about my running. I run well, however when I am alone I tend to slow down, walk, or have calf pain. However, whenever I run with anyone else I push harder, run quicker, and gain more distance. About 50 yards ahead, I saw a group of Hispanic Males running in the direction I was going. I thought to myself I would sprint to their location, and then I would have someone to run with. Strangers? I know, but I wanted to finish my run with enthusiasm and zeal!!! As I reached one of the males in the group he stopped to walk, motioning to me to pass him. I told him I had sprinted to catch up to him, so I was out of breath and would walk with him. He introduced himself as Jorge and we shook hands. He told me he was part of a running group that ran every Sunday morning, and they had two more miles on their run. Realizing I had two more miles I told him, we needed to start running so I could make it to church in time.
We ran through Old Town Temecula, on a beautiful, sun-shining day. After about a mile and a half of running together, Jorge veered off to the west, and we shook hands and parted ways. He was there when I needed him, to push me past my limits.
At the BBQ later in the day, Mary arrived hot and sweaty. Trying to fit it all in, she decided to run to the BBQ. Just as I did, she only had that opportunity of time to squeeze it in.
Squeezing in fitness, changing moods, leading a healthier lifestyle is possible with a busy life. Prioritize your life and see where you have sweet opportunities to squeeze it in.