If I don’t do it, I’ll be grumpy

By , August 23, 2017 8:10 pm

It’s funny what kids remember. During one of our vacations with Gina and family this year, we were discussing the next day’s runs. I said “I have to run most days, or I’ll be grumpy!”

Luca picked right up on that. The next day, “Did you run yet, Aunt Kim? Are you grumpy?” And on other visits since then “Go for a run, so you’re not grumpy!” And (me) “Why does Aunt Kim run?” (Luca) “So she’s not GRUMPY!” Ha ha.

He knows it’s a funny thing to say, and that it’ll make me laugh, but I am sure he knows there is truth to it. He sees his parents work out each day and tell him how good it makes them feel – it’s not a new concept when Aunt Kim does it!

I was thinking about this conversation with Luca during my run late tonight. I had brought my running gear with me to work, to run during lunch break, but a coworker invited me out to lunch, so I did that instead. I enjoyed our lunch, but that itch was still there, and that chance of becoming GRUMPY if I didn’t run. So I did a quick run when I got home. I am not training for anything and don’t need to run, but I knew I would feel so much better, physically and emotionally, if I did.

View from my run tonight

And I was right. So yeah, I run so I don’t get grumpy!

(But let’s not even get in to the weird paradox of dreading a run until you start it (and being kind of grumpy), even though you know it’s going to put you in a good mood!)

8 Responses to “If I don’t do it, I’ll be grumpy”

  1. Kathy says:

    That’s so cute! Plus it’s a good example for him to see people exercising and know the benefits when he is so young.
    Isn’t it funny how much it takes that edge off. It always reminds me that at the end of the day we are closer to animals than we think- I end up just like when he doesn’t get his walk 😂😂

    • kilax says:

      Yeah! He sees it a lot, too (his mom and dad are always working out, and he goes with them to the gym, and races, etc.).

      Ha! What a good point!!!!!!! I never thought of that!

  2. Anne says:

    I’ve been SO GRUMPY without working out lately LOL. But seriously, I totally understand that feeling! Glad you could get out for a quick run last night! Sometimes even a mile or two is all you need.

    Kids do pick up on and remember the funniest things sometimes, and I love when they get that something is funny. Our date at the wedding last weekend was my 11 year old cousin Lucy, who decided it was hilarious to pick on Terry all night (she was right, it made me laugh!).

    • kilax says:

      Ugh, and to have an injury keeping you from working out makes it even more frustrating! I hope that goes away now that you are feeling better!

      Ha ha ha! I love it when kids have a funny sense of humor like that! Our oldest nephew is clever like that too, and he and Steven pick on each other and it cracks us all up! They have inside jokes even I don’t know about.

  3. Maggie Wolff says:

    Yup, I can relate, and this is why being sidelined from running was a struggle and I ended up throwing myself into other workouts when I had runners knee.

  4. Joanna says:

    HAAH my husband said that same thing to me a while ago, and my daughter picked up on it and sometimes still says that to me. She often asks me if I have run (especially pre baby #2 when I ran in the morning alot – now I don’t run in the morning at all because well baby #2 gets up at night and I am tired!)

    • kilax says:

      Ha! Too funny that she says that too! Not funny that #2 is not sleeping well. I hope that passes soon so you are more rested and can run in the am if you’d like.

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