We all can be creatures of habit, especially runners. Runners have their routes, their distances, their training schedules, training fuels, and countless other routines they follow. The last couple weeks my habits have been unfortunately altered outside of my control.
My favorite running bra has changed designs, the name is the same, but the cut, fit, support, closure, are all completely different resulting in abundant chaffing. Now I’m on the uncomfortable search for a new favorite running bra. I’ll spare you the ugly pictures of red rawness as I try to find the new perfect performer.
My running routes have been detoured due to construction. They are widening the main road in my town from two lanes to four lanes and as a result have ripped up sidewalks. No sidewalk and a very busy road, mean new routes in my future. It also means being asked “why are they doing X, Y, Z” no less than twenty times a day by my #2. It also means running by lots of loud noisy equipment if I want to start my runs from my house. Since not running is not an option, new routes are the only answer.
My breakfast fuel habit has been slightly interrupted due to a clean eating challenge I undertook for the last six weeks. The challenge completely eliminated carbs, and toast with almond butter was my go to breakfast. So I’ve been experimenting with different foods to fuel me through my morning runs and morning work outs. Not a huge deal but still a change in habit. Reading that bacon may be a runner’s perfect fuel was smile inducing, but I’m not sure that’s the perfect everyday fuel for my waist line or my cholesterol.
Individually none of these changes is a serious issue. Each change is one to be taken in stride, but all together they are more than slightly annoying to my inner runner. My inner runner voice grumbles at the change in breakfast, wants to quit or not start because of the change in running routes, and groans in pain in the post-run shower.
When our habits are changed it is easy to make excuses. Don’t let your excuses win. We are all creatures of habit, but we are strong enough to change and overcome. Time to mix it up and try something new!