It was another frigid morning. The alarm went of and I got up. The dogs followed me into the bathroom where we have a wireless weather station. *A very handy place to have a weather station since you can sit and contemplate options for the day based upon rain or shine, warmth or cold.
The outside temperature read 4 degrees. I thought “I can’t do this again. I’m just not in the mood.” I turned right around, both dogs still following in expectation of suiting up and going outside, stood by the bedroom door, they left the room, I shut the door behind them and went back to bed.
Half an hour later, Ted’s alarm went off. I heard him get up then he leaned over and said “I can take the dogs out.”
I’m sure it was just as difficult for him to get up and outside as it was for me. His motivation to get up and get moving made me feel guilty, especially since my day off was yesterday when the temperature was 5 BELOW and Ted had “dog duty” on THAT cold day of the week. Guilt overwhelmed me and Zoey and I headed out the door, me covered from head to toe, not a speck unprotected.
I ran slow, grumbling the first 2 miles. But now I was out there, getting one foot in front of the other. Zoey was my happy running partner, ready to go the distance. I knew Ted was out with Shane. I could do this. Just hang tough and get it done.
We ran 9 miles. It wasn’t fast. It wasn’t the tempo run I had on schedule but we ran.
If it wasn’t for Ted getting up when his alarm went off, it would have been another day lying in bed, missing a workout. Seeing the commitment Ted has towards his workouts helps motivate me to get mine done. He has to go to work just as I do but finds time to not only run but swim AND bike. He’s going to commit to over 15 hours a week of exercise getting ready for his half Ironman.
It sure helps having the person you live with get up and out just as early as you do to stay fit, healthy and endure discomfort to achieve goals. Motivation, commitment, the desire to do ones best plus the confidence and companionship of another to keep you going when you’re ready to give up, makes the impossible seem possible.
Do you have a workout partner that keeps you moving even when you want to stop?