The alarm went off way to early this morning. Even though I was excited at the prospect of our first outdoor run in a couple of weeks I just wanted to go back to sleep. At 4:45am it sounded more like a chore than something to do for fun. I was considering it work, it was something that I felt like I had to do, not something that I wanted to do. With that mindset I slowly shambled through my routine of getting dressed to run outside.
After a while I heard a whining and crying sound. Immediately I knew who it was and why she was making it. It was LuLu, and she was excited to run!
As I got my shoes on she kept whining and dancing trying to get Becky and I moving faster. Once Becky got LuLu’s leash on this was the scene (be sure to turn your speakers up for the full experience):
With her nose pressed against the door she waited and waited while we got ready. Looking at her I couldn’t help but smile as I saw just how excited she was to go out for a run. In that moment I had a change of heart, I remembered that I run to have fun. It’s not work, it’s not a chore, it’s something I do for fun and to feel good.
The run was awesomely serene, totally chill. At one point I paused with LuLu, I shut off my headlamp, and we walked by the light of the moon. The scene was so peaceful and relaxing. All of this I probably would’ve missed with my original mindset. I’m very thankful for LuLu reminding me to enjoy my run.