Day 31 – The exercise treasure box

31 01 2010

My January prize

I wrote yesterday about not needing a star chart like my kids have had over the years for everything from using the potty, brushing teeth and cleaning their rooms… But then on today’s 6-mile run I thought — why not reward myself? If, like Zach’s kindergarten treasure box, there is a little incentive each month, doesn’t that just make it more fun to succeed? Maybe it will be a dinner out with my husband or a new skirt… For January — realizing how many miles I’ve put on my current running shoes — I let myself order a new pair of “go fasters” to see me through this half-marathon.

Shoes are supposed to last about 300 miles, and (according to my Buckeye Training log) I’ve run 62.1 in January on my trusted Brooks Adrenalines that have been with me since last spring. Time for a new pair before these are toast and I start feeling pain. I found my size on sale at Sierra Trading Post for almost half off too! Should have them by Tuesday…

So one month down – 11 more to go is a fantastic milestone. I am so glad to be heading out of January – the long, cold month with its short days and lack of fun holidays has never been my favorite. I’ve been lucky that we’ve had relatively warm weather with no real snow since December.

I have also taken advantage of slower work this month, and that needs to change. As a writer, I get paid by the hour for what I do. I’m lucky enough to make my own hours and have an extremely flexible schedule that allows me to run in the middle of the day and write at night if it suits me.

The last day of the month is always a bit of a scramble to squeeze in some more hours and wrap-up as many projects as possible. So today, running 6 miles sure sounded fun compared to writing a customer newsletter about manufacturing software tools. I will have to put in more work time the next few months, so we’ll see what that does to my exercise plan. The treasure box ante may need to be upped!

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