Taking A.R.


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again:

Momentum is powerful stuff. You just gotta get that ball rolling. Then it’s Can’tStopWon’tStop all day er’day.
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I knew I needed a kick in the pants, so I made myself a goal: run everyday in the month of January. It took forcing myself to get on the treadmill after a long day on my feet. It took saying “catch ya later” to my work lunch buddies so I could sneak 2 miles in instead.  It took getting used to waking up at 4:30. But ya know what?

I did it!

At work, we have this lingo called “Taking A.R.” The A.R. stands for “assuming responsibility.” Folks say things like, “hey, Erin, will you take the AR to (insert task)”? You take the responsibly and get it done. Because you have to, but mostly because you want to, because it’s important and it matters and you know it’ll help in the long run.

Kind of like running at 4:30 in the bloody morning.

But honestly? That’s not even an issue anymore. It’s just the reality. I love to run but I don’t love to run after a long day at work, so I pick going to bed at 9pm so I can wake up early instead.

I’ve given myself the AR to get out of bed at 4:30 everyday and I’m proud to say I’m doin’ it. We all work crazy jobs that exhaust us. We all know what it means to work late hours. We’ve earned those tense shoulders, sore feet, and meals-on-the-go.

But despite the many hours my job claims from these 24 hours a day, running is MY time during the day. My time to take care of me, to get fresh air, to gain perspective.

And it’s worth every dark circle under my eyes.

What’s the latest “AR” you’ve been given?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Get it girl!! 4:30 am is an ungodly hour, so good for you for puttin’ in the work!

    Every day I’m taking the AR to get closer to my goals. No one’s going to write my blog for me, no one’s going to start my business for me, and no one’s going to finish the half marathons I plan on doing this year!!

  2. Heidi Nicole says:

    I did some math… I have 13 weeks until my very hilly 50 mile race. My longest run this year was 12 miles. Que freak out…the serious AR!

    Two-a-days are happening. Cross training is going down. Legit meal planning…will happen soon.

    And now I’m using you as motivation. If Efo can pull off miles while working a bajillion hours in a white bunny suit I can at least try! :)

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