Today’s 5K almost didn’t happen at all I’m sorry to report. Our dear, sweet Melissa, aka RedHatRunner (Instagram) didn’t want to do the daily 5K today. Part of the problem was that it was windy and cold for most of the day, so we kept putting it off until later. Finally, at the end of the day, I made the command decision that we, as a couple, had made the commitment to the daily 5K and that we should do it. We did.
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth all along our 3.1-mile path. You’d think that a particular person had been tortured and forced into some sort of indentured servitude rather than a simple 3.1-mile stroll around the neighborhood. Yes, it was dark. Yes, it was cold. But I won’t, under the circumstances, protest too much. We had a good dinner and were feeling a bit lazy. I held up our bargain. I was the rock. I was the torch carrier. I was the keeper of the 5K.
We walked the 5K. No records were broken. Well, no broken records except the one that kept telling me how I’d wronged all of humanity with my desire to complete the daily 5K to which we’d both committed.
5K completed in spite of dissension in the ranks. It’s no stretch (pun) to say that one of us has to stay motivated. Recall that I once walked in the near freezing cold rain to complete a multi-mile trek in our neighborhood. I feel vindicated with my dedication to the cause.
This is a good lesson that no matter how bad you feel and no matter what obstacles place themselves in your path; you must fulfill your commitment. Never say never. Give yourself a high-five to commemorate your victory over complacency.
I think Melissa posted a very special picture today on Instagram (redhatrunner) from this experience.