Craig and I had another coffee date together this morning! 🙂
We usually have our coffee dates on Monday mornings, but since Craig rode his bike to work Monday, we postponed it until today.
However, before I met Craig at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, I got my sweat session on.
I wanted to go running and lift weights, but I had to be strategic about how I was going to get this all done—and get myself ready—by 7 a.m.
At first I thought about running on the treadmill at the gym and then lifting weights, but I wasn’t thrilled about this idea. I had only planned to run 5 miles—and 5 miles isn’t too bad on the treadmill—but I knew that even before I had reached one mile, I would have been wishing I was outside running—even if it was cold out there.
My other option was to run to the gym from our apartment, lift weights, and then run back home. This would have worked, but I didn’t really want to cut my running in half, and I can get ready in about half the time at the gym because there are less distractions there (computer, food, fixing the bed, etc.).
So here was the game plan I came up with:
5:00 a.m. – wake-up, change into running clothes, get my things together, drive to the gym
5:30 a.m. – arrive at the gym, start my run from the parking lot of the gym, run 5 miles outside
6:15 a.m. – lift weights for 30 minutes
6:45 a.m. – shower, get ready
7:05 a.m. – drive to the coffee shop to meet Craig for coffee
(oops. . . forgot to enhance this picture!)
Usually when Craig and I have our coffee dates, we have really good, fun conversations. However, this morning our conversation struck a more serious chord.
If it hasn’t been obvious (which it may not have been because I’ve tried to hide it), I am not too fond of living in Alaska. For the past 3 years, I have struggled living here and have wanted to move very badly, but jobs and money have kept us here/prevented us from moving.
The problem is that Craig loves it here: he was born and raised here and loves living here.
To keep this somewhat concise, I won’t go into a lot of the details right now—maybe in the future, but not right now.
So, I’m struggling with what to do and need some advice: do I buck up and suck it up and live here even though I am not happy? How do I make the most of my current situation?
I want to hear from those of you who have been in a similar situation.