It all happened by accident.
With the shortened daylight hours of winter – I happily sleep in (6am), and procrastinate my exercise routine until half-way into my work day. Yes, these are the benefits of working from home. I save time (and $) by not commuting, put in extra hours for my clients – and then take a break for myself mid-day to exercise. Sweet!
I knew that the temperatures were moderately cool (low 40’s), and I casually glanced at the online weather forecast. 100% rain by 1PM. That sounded pretty certain – for a weather forecast. By 11AM, I’m ready to go for a run, and hubby Pat is geared up for his daily walk. We step out onto my favorite gym (the outdoor gym) – and off we go in our separate paces.
One mile into my run, it started to drizzle. Just a little. Surely this won’t last – because that online weather forecast is never wrong. It’s only 1 mile worth of minutes after 11AM — it’s not even close to 1PM. I decide to keep running in hopes that it was just a passing cloud.
Nope. The rains pick up in intensity. The big droplet types are falling and I have 2 dueling voices to reconcile. One voice is ready to turn it in and return home “you are going to freeze out here” , and the other voice says “but you haven’t gotten in your mileage yet for today”. Who should I listen to?
I opted for the “you haven’t gotten in your mileage” voice – and what a great decision that turned out to be. OK, it was raining, and raining pretty hard. Yet I was warm. It was kind of empowering. I kept running, and one by one knocked off another mile. No one would choose to run in these conditions – and I even got a thumbs up from a passing driver (likely another runner!). As I made my turn to my final 1/2 mile – the rain was finally penetrating all layers of clothing. Chill would soon set in. But that was OK – because I knew I would soon be finished.
During my last 1/2 mile, my phone rings and I could tell from the ring tone it was my hubby. Surely he is wondering where I could be in these conditions. I don’t take the time to stop and pull out the phone from my fuel belt – as my focus is now to finish. My Garmin beeps – all 6 miles are done. A car horn beeps at the same time — and it is my hubby – out to retrieve my soggy soul from the downpour. How lovely is that??
So what did I learn from this little rain-run-adventure? It was more do-able than my mind would have had me believe AND it was more satisfying — because my mind can (on occasion!) be such a ‘disbeliever’.
I wonder how many other situations and ideas I expertly talk myself out of? To test this, I have decided to conduct an experiment. An experiment that will last from now til the end of the year (and maybe longer). If you prefer — you can call it a challenge. A 16 day “Thought rut challenge” – that answers the question: What can I learn from doing something different today? I will model my challenge around my running and workouts. So, beginning with today – I ran in the rain (and cold) and loved every minute. I didn’t freeze, and found it to be exhilarating.
What about you? Join me on this daily “Thought rut challenge” though December 31, 2014, and drop a comment as to what you discovered.