I Ran (So Far Away)


Warning: This post is really long; I will not be offended if you choose to skip ahead to the end to find out how my run went today.

The theme for the week this week is that of unexpected surprises. Yet again, today did not go quite as planned. I woke up to The Flock of Seagulls’ I Ran (So Far Away), which JP had playing on Pandora. I took that as a good sign, thinking that I would be able to get a run in at some point…but first things first…

Although I’m still technically on vacation, I had to go into work to meet with the landlord, and make sure that nobody at the office suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. So after getting mere six hours’ sleep, I hauled my butt out of bed at 7 a.m. (I know this seems late to some people, but after being “on vacation” for a week and getting quit used to sleeping until 8:30/9:00…I can’t believe I used to sleep in until noontime when I was a teenager!), to get ready to go into the office to meet with the landlord and the heating guy, who failed to show up after I waited at the office for him for four hours yesterday.

Anyways…yet again, I found myself waiting until 10:30/11:00 for the landlord and heating guy to get to the office and give me a go ahead as to whether or not we could run heat in the building. Luckily, one of our heaters is still safe to use, and even luckier, we are likely to have warm weather here in central Massachusetts this weekend. So after I had settled that we wouldn’t have to leave electric heaters on in the building (which I really wasn’t kosher with), and that nobody was going to get co2 poisoning, I was finally able to leave work at 12:30.

At that point, I made the choice to go visit hubby at work, thinking we could grab lunch, go stop by our house (in no particular order), and I drop him back off at his office before going to Target and grabbing a few stocking stuffers and one miscellaneous Christmas present for him, before going home, running on the treadmill, and then eating dinner. Of course, things in our house very rarely go as planned.

This is how things turned out in actuality: I picked my sweetie up from work, he told me he HAD to go to Walmart for something, but first we went to Papa Gino’s to get pizza (my eyes lit up like crazy when he suggested this!), ran to get dog food at Petco, went back to Walmart (on the way back to his office) so I could try to get his stocking stuffers and extra Xmas present while he got what he needed, only to find out they didn’t have what I needed (a PS4 remote), backtracked back to Toys R Us, which was actually down the street from Papa Gino’s and Petco, where we originally had gone, and then ultimately ended up stopping at GameStop at the mall (yes, JP was with me, and yes, he knows what he’s getting now! There will be NO surprises for him this Xmas), before going back to his office, stopping at our house to feed our dogs, and them going back to MY office to make sure all of the space heaters my landlord provided due to the lack of heat in the building were unplugged and that the heat was turned up on the bottom floor to avoid freezing pipes in the case of cold weather, etc., etc.

Bottom line: it was 7 p.m. by the time we got home tonight. I realized partway throughout the day that JP had taken the extension cord for my treadmill to use for the Christmas lights, and grabbed it so I could make SURE that I got to run today. But of course, then we got home, and JP pulled the “I’m sorry, your presents are hidden in the basement, and by the time we’re finished with dinner, I’m not sure there will be time for me to wrap them so you can run before 9:00.”

So here it is, close to 11 p.m., and I didn’t get my run in today…despite the song I heard this morning…I thought was surely a sign I would have a good run today, but that wasn’t the case! I told JP, “it’s really sad when you’re on VACATION and you’re saying TGIF!”

I’m thinking that I’m going to have to start getting up earlier in the morning to get my run out of the way (although I don’t like to think of it as a project that I need to “get out of the way”…but if my schedule continues like this, I won’t have much of a choice… So for those of you reading this…I want to know if you have days like this, and what you do to try to prevent missing a run?


5 thoughts on “I Ran (So Far Away)

  1. thesavedrunner

    I feel like we all have days like this. It’s just life; unexpected things happen. We try our best to plan everything, but they never always work. I have found that doing my run or workout in the morning before I have to do anything else to do is the best way to ensure I will fit in a workout. Otherwise, things happen and I get busy. Sometimes you can’t control it and you just can’t run on a certain day, and when that happens I try to remind myself that my body probably needed the extra rest day. Just move on and get in your run the next day!

    1. 262x2 Post author

      Yes, even though I was really disappointed that I didn’t run yesterday, I am going to chalk it up to the fact that I probably needed another day of rest, especially since I’ve been sick! Today, it’s official, though! I’ll be “hitting the road” to go running…and nothing is going to stop me!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I am at the point where getting my workout in is non negotiable. Even so, I always work out before work. I love getting it out of the way. This means getting up at 5am some mornings, but it is worth it to me so that when I’m done with work and anything else I have to do that day, I can just relaaaaaax.

    1. 262x2 Post author

      Yes, I think I’m just going to have to suck it up and start getting up early, to go for a run before work. It will be hard at first, but I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again!

  3. Tina@GottaRunNow

    Running as soon as I am able to during the day helps. If you’re too busy to run, don’t feel bad, though, just start fresh the next day and give it a go again. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!


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