It was a glorious morning the sun was shining and my sneakers were calling my name. I stumbled out of bed and then rolled back into bed. I was tired! An early morning run was not what I needed and with that I pulled the covers back over my head.
An hour later I awoke to get the kids ready for school and still was not ready to run. I made every excuse in the book – my knees hurt, cursed shin splints, and I felt an ache in my quad. It was enough for anyone to roll their eyes at me if they heard me talk myself out of my morning run.
Instead, I opted for the grocery store run, on my way, the sun was shining, and I was feeling guilty. I kicked myself for not going for my run? So, on my way home I decided had one last chance to motivate myself and that was by purchasing something new!
My impulsive shopper lightbulb lit up in my head! And I heard the sound of bells leading me to the nearest sports shop. I had a solution to the shin splints and they were known as compression socks. They would be my new test project!
I enthusiastically entered the store, found what I was looking for and sighed at the price! Twenty dollars for socks! But I told myself this is what I needed to complete my 8km of rolling hills. I handed over my twenty and thought this better be worth it.
The moment I arrived home I haphazardly stashed the groceries, ran to my room, changed into my gear, and then pulled out my new socks! They felt cozy, and warm. I was beginning to think it was well worth the twenty-dollar investment, my calves were snug, my laces were tied, and I bolted out the door for my run.
After, the first km, I waited for the sudden pain in my shins, and nothing! I waited for a momentous pain at 3km and still nothing! I was in running heaven! I ran the hills, admired the arrival of spring on the trails, and hopped over the mud puddles. I was a red-faced hideous mess but still feeling good!
It was one of those runs that I didn’t want to do! I wasn’t in the mood! But in the end I can thank my lucky socks! So, I ask you what’s in a sock? In my new socks they had the coziness to motivate and the smell to make you run out of your shoes. Do you have a lucky piece of clothing that gets you motivated to move?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga