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Tuesday
Mar152011

Looking for Incentive

I am really looking forward to spring. Our clocks went ahead an hour over the weekend, which is a sure sign it's around the corner. At this time of year, I seem to get into a slump. I'm tired of running half the time with my cleats on. I'm not the biggest fan of running on a treadmill (which I had to do far too many times this winter because of the weather), and I am looking forward to running when it's actually light outside.

You see.........I'm in a runner's slump. I came back from the 26.2 With Donna in Jacksonville all energized. It was an amazing race. I figured it would keep me going as I had no race in front of me. Then it snowed. A lot. Then it rained. A lot. Then it froze over and became deathly cold. So many excuses not to run!!!

So I kept kicking my butt out the door, with a stern personal talking to of how good it was for my mind, body and soul.

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the half marathon to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Network during Ottawa Race Weekend. I thought that's what I needed to re-enter my good headspace. And then it snowed over 20 cm...........again.

Yesterday I registered my daughter, Stephanie to run the 10k in the same race. Now THAT inspired me! Maybe it's the nicer weather as well. Today's a beautiful day.

All this to say that it's OK to be in a slump. We get that way with our jobs, our hobbies, our philanthropy work, and even our families. The important thing is to keep going, and not give up. As mothers, haven't we always said this to our children? You know.........the daughter who joins jazz ballet class, and four months into it, decides that she doesn't want to go. Or the other daughter who has been playing hockey since September, and doesn't want to miss any more social activities with her friends to go to one of her last games.

We all need a break sometimes, but then we have to carry on. Give yourself that little break, and then lace up those shoes and get back on the road! That's exactly what I tell my girls.

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