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I’m in a rut. Or so one of my best friend states.

I came to her this morning in an attempt to “feel better”. It’s been a few weeks now that I just haven’t felt myself. I’ve been a little down. There are a few contributing factors (work has been frustratingly slow, the health of a person close to me isn’t great, and, well, it’s winter) but for the most part I can’t complain about anything in my life right now. Luckily my amazing boyfriend cheers me up every single evening. However, three hours of happiness at the end of each day isn’t enough to get me out of my rut, and I need to figure out a way to get back on my happiness track.

When it first started, I decided to take on a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been really missing my yoga class since it ended the last week of November and I figured I’d find something to make me feel good in the meantime. I decided I’d take the morning smoothie route. Each morning I made an incredibly healthy smoothie to start my day, and it kept me full and satisfied through lunch. I was feeling great… Until the day I wasn’t. Turns out I already have high levels of iron and my spinach packed smoothie was causing an overabundance of iron in my body. My body was not happy. My body will not allow me to stay on my smoothie train. I looked into other super healthy smoothies, all are packed with iron, and removing the items that contain it kind of ruin it for me.

So I found myself laying in bed wishing I was a runner. I’ve wished this my whole life, but literally every time I try I fail miserably. I just don’t have it in me. I wish I could wake up when Kyle’s alarm goes off and then just run my heart out for 30 or 40 minutes and then come home, shower and get ready to work as usual. Kyle wakes up an hour before me, so timing wise it’s perfect.

I don’t want to run marathons. I don’t even want to run a 10k or a half marathon. I just want to be able to wake up and run for half an hour to start my day with energy. Just enough to feel like I’m keeping myself healthy and fit. Of course, I want this now…. in the winter. When it’s cold outside. But I’m going to attempt to do this, and I feel like blogging about means I’m putting it out there, I admitted I’m going to do it, so I’ll try to use that as motivation.

“Couch to 5k” gradually increases running time over a course of nine weeks, ending with you being able to run for thirty minutes straight. Conveniently… in 9 weeks is my 25th birthday. I’ll set that as my end goal. Be able to run, in the winter, for thirty minutes straight by my 25th birthday.

Wish me luck kids.