A few weeks ago I was in America for a writer’s conference. Seattle, San Francisco, Redding, and back home to Edmonton.
For me, traveling isn’t an excuse to not train, eat well, or get up early to write.
In fact, my body wakes up whether I want to or not. Most of the time it is great because I want to get up, but when you went to bed only three hours earlier, more sleep would be appreciated.
It is possible I am one of the most annoying women on the planet to share a house with while traveling. My three roommates were very gracious to put up with my early morning disciplines.
I kept the wise words of my husband in the back of my mind as I tried to keep the commitments I’ve made to myself without disrupting the lives of my friends.
Don’t make everyone else stick to your schedule. You’re quite the outlier when it comes to the early morning activities.
I had planned to borrow the car keys so I could hit the YMCA early in the morning before the conference started in the morning. Somehow when we rolled in at 10:00 pm the night before, I forgot to ask for the keys. I contemplated running the 3 miles each way to lift weights, but realized I could make it work without a gym.
All you need is a great outfit, running shoes, and some big rocks.
Outdoor functional training and sprints in 85 degree weather at 6 am here I come!
While running, heaving rocks around, lunging, and doing push ups I scared a homeless man and saw something interesting.
On my fifth pushup, I realized the pebble a few feet from my left hand was moving very slowly. To my surprise the pebbles were actually snails.
As I started to sprint again I realized there were snails everywhere. They were inching forward, completely unaware of the crazy Canadian running past them and nearly crushing them.
Respecting those around you is part of being successful in life.
While I ran sprints, I suddenly had to look where my foot was or was not going.
- You get to be you.
- You get to be amazing.
- You get to run as fast as you possibly can.
You do not get to crush others while you do it.
Take time to notice others around you and live in such a way to create space for them to be who they are without fear of bring smooshed to death by your determination and drive.
We need each other, especially the snails.