For example, I had a 14 mile run planned for this past weekend. It was absolutely freezing the past week in NY so I was forced inside the whole week. But I decided to brave the elements and run in about 14 degrees of warm (yeah, I said warmth since the rest of the week it was so much colder). Let me start and say my run was amazing. I was cranking out the miles and felt great. If it wasnt so cold, I probably would have added at least 3 more miles to my workout. It was one of those runs where everything was working. Hills were easy, pacing was great, breathing was comfortable, and the music in my ears was exactly what I wanted to hear and when. We all love those types of workouts. They dont come often, but when they do, you know it instantly and enjoy it the whole time.
It was about mile 3 when I noticed that in the past 15 minutes or so, I thought about like 10 different topics. I kept telling my self to slow down since I wanted it to be an easy run and it snowed the night before so I didnt want to have a misstep on a piece of ice and injure myself. But my pace was just awesome. I was going at faster than race pace so I just went with it.
Here's a breakdown of things I thought about:
Riley- clearly. right now he's my life. I knew this was my time to get out and run, but I wondered what he was doing. Was he sleeping, being fussy, eating, etc? But other thoughts crept in my mind like what about his college and will I be prepared financially to pay for it. I actually thought about when Im going to have the birds and the bees conversation with him. I remember my fathers talk with me, and I knew there is no way I wanted to have the time type of talk with Riley. I thought about my in-laws babysitting him that night and will he be ok. Or what sport he'll want to play when he grows up. Pretty much, everything that you can think of as a father, I thought about at some point yesterday during the run.
Thunder- Thunder has been my best friend for the past 7 and a half years. He has been there for everything important in my life and him and I have such a special bond. I thought about coming home to him and making sure he gets enough attention since I feel bad with Riley being born that is Thunder getting the love he needs. Its also been an annual event for Thunder to dress up for Halloween. And even though we are 10 months away, I still want to beat his costume from this past year. Its going to be hard to do, he was a fighter pilot.
|Thunder's ready for takeoff|
My wife- Among the things I thought about are, is she going back to work after her maternity leave is over, will she want to work, how can I give her a break so she can do what she wants for a few hours. I thought about ways I can make her feel special in the next few days. Which one of us will do which feedings at night. Those are just some of the things about the wife
Work- Im in sales, so hitting my numbers is something thats always on my mind. I wanted to review my last week's appointments and see how I can build off of them, and what I can do to drive some business and help my sales team. I thought about what surgeries I am going to see in the next few weeks and what can I do to make them go smoothly. I'm always paranoid about my job so I'm always thinking about it.
Dinner- My wife and I were going to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner, so I wanted to know what I was having for dinner. I knew that if I pushed myself, I would be able to have that extra margarita. Plus, this restaurant has the best appetizer you can think of. Queso Fondido. Picture a pot of melted cheese and you dip tortillas in it. Its cheesy goodness and my wife and I love this.
|how cool is this? its a mouse|