I ran this morning

I ran this morning. After suggesting to Miss 16 that I could accompany her, I got up at 7am, pulled my shorts and shoes on, and was ready to go within minutes. I called up the stairs after her, and heard a murmur.

“I don’t want to go”

After quite some cajoling, and trying not to completely and utterly lose my shit with her, she got up, got dressed, and joined me outside.

I am continually amazed at how easily teenagers give up at anything that requires any will power, determination, effort, or hard work. It was SUCH hard work – trying to encourage her throughout the second half of the (shortened) route we eventually completed. I’m trying to talk her equally unfit sisters to run with her instead of me – because my encouragement is eventually seen as “going on”.


It’s nearly midnight again. How does that keep happening?

I started the day sitting in the lounge today – opposite my youngest daughter, who is doing schoolwork via Microsoft Teams for the remainder of term. She lasted an hour before vanishing off through the house. At lunchtime I switched back to sitting in the junk room on my own – given that it made very little difference which room I should sit in on my own.

This wasn’t a very exciting post, was it. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.

7 thoughts on “I ran this morning

  1. I’ve just read this after wiping tears off my face. Your adoption journey posts- for heavens sake, will you please collate these and turn them into a book? ☺️My goodness. Life and the journey it is, hey. I’d imagine in the years between those posts and your run this morning…you and the girls have all been on quite the ever changing journey. What magic. ✨

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      1. I’m sure all the literary greats said that about their ‘possibilities’ at one point. (Insert ambient sound, cut to birds flying in the distance, fade in slow violin.)

        Write the book, Jonathan. It will be the perfect size, and it will be beautiful. 🙂


  2. If you could just get her to do it for two weeks straight, she’d be hooked. Endorphins are a wonderful thing, but they’re not a one run stand. It takes a bit. A run here, a run there–no runners’ high, just the slog and the pain of it.

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    1. And of course if she loses some more weight, running will be easier again – it’s pretty recursive really – the fitter you get, the easier running is, the more weight you lose, the easier running is, the fitter you get, and so on…

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      1. Ah, unless you read the Comfort book “Fit or Fat,” in which he turns that on it’s head for a game of constant diminishing returns. A fit body is more efficient, so at some point (probably beyond what most of us can endure) it takes more effort to lose weight.


  3. I am not sure if you are familiar with the expression CEEBS which stands for Can’t be F*&%D. Yes it isn’t a true acronym, the reason is explained in Urban Dictionary. I work in a classroom with teenagers. They use that word all the time to justify not getting out their book, not finding a pen and most certainly not doing their Maths. I read your post with a smile, imagining the exact conversation you had. I believe that teenagers are hardwired to resist anything that a person of authority tells them will be good for them. There isn’t a lot you can do about it except persist. Persistence on your part teaches them that they ARE worth the effort and that persistence is possible. If you don’t persist then you are the same as them really.


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