Yesterday was my boyfriend's birthday and we had plans to go out to our local brewery for dinner and drinks. Normally I run with the ladies for our scheduled group run on Thursdays, but it being Nick's birthday and all, I figured it would be impolite to make him wait until 8:30 to eat dinner.
For some reason I was of the mindset that since I couldn't do the group run, I couldn't run at ALL. On my way home from work I realized I had plenty of time to get in a run if I cut out travel time to the trail and the chit chatting that goes along with group runs. I love chit chatting and trail running. It just doesn't help on days when I'm operating on a schedule.
As a trail runner, the thought of running around the neighborhood doesn't come naturally. But the more I though about it, the more I thought DUH, of course it would be awesome to do a short little run around the nearby KU campus with my man. He probably wants to run in this 65 degree weather just as much as I do! And we don't get to run together, just the two of us, very often. So that was another plus. I think he was equally surprised and cheery when I proposed the idea. Sometimes seemingly intelligent people can be real dolts (both of us, not just him).
Sometimes we all get into ruts. We think things have to be a certain way. I LOVE trails. I do not love running on the road every day. I wouldn't be happy running around campus every day (even though it would be good hill training). But just the act of doing something different every once in a while can be refreshing. And convenient! So don't forget to switch things up every once in a while.