Dear Treadmill,

Remember this sweet love note I sent you last night?

Well, umm....I missed our date.

I would say I am sorry, but I am not. I was ready to get out of bed. My alarm was silenced and I heard the coffee brewing. I wasn't even fearful of the chilly morning air. Don't laugh too hard, it is a bit chilly for me where I live in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, even in Hawai'i. The thing is, as I was ready to get out of bed my darling daughter started crying some in her sleep and I knew she was having another troubling dream.

She comes first and I wanted to comfort her. And I remembered she had a rough morning the day before so I decided it was better for her to have her Mommy make her breakfast. Her happiness was more important that my morning run.

Yes, when I run at the gym I log more miles. Yes, that makes me feel good. Yes, I love getting a good sweaty stress release session before tackling my workday but right now, it isn't necessary. I know I will run later. Darling daughter and I have established a good afternoon routine. With my current training goal of building base I am fine. I realize I am logging less miles as I run slower on my incline treadmill but I am still getting good time on my feet. And that counts.

I promise to not break too many running dates with you and plan on seeing you tomorrow, just not so dark and early. Until then, make sure others run happy and hard!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that my daughter wants to have cuddle time with me.
Daily Affirmation: I am able to balance my daily priorities.


  1. I'm glad you don't feel bad! I had a horrible run yesterday (it was 13 degrees here in NJ) and I wanted to redeem myself today. I had to keep my son home from daycare on account of a pink eye diagnosis (not his thankfully) so I didn't get my run in. I started feeling guilty until I thought about priorities and I agree with you completely. Darling children come first. We will get our runs in later.

  2. Anonymous9:49 AM

    Daughters always come first :)

  3. Family before Fitness - That is until your family wants to join in on the fun! :)

  4. Wow. I loved this post. I can relate. I have clear dates with my treadmill. and they are typically when my son is still sleeping. hard for me to choose my treadmill over my son. so I plan to run when he is at school or doing his own thing. You are in a good place. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts.

  5. Your kids should always come first! Way to go running mama! I'm sure the treadmill has already forgiven you :)


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