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A few day, four runs, and 20 miles later, the challenge of running while on vacation is over, done, kaput, a distant memory. Apperently changing my thought process works.

As mentioned previously, I've always struggled to keep a running habit on vacation and then struggled even more to get back into the flow after vacation. This year I changed my thoughts about running to one simple statement--"I want to run."

Each morning, so far, I've risen whenever I or my kids wake up, made a light breakfast and trotted out to run in the redwoods.

It hasn't felt forced. It hasn't felt like I'm supremely disciplined. It hasn't felt like a sacrifice. It's just something that happens every morning.

There was an unspoken excuse built into my previous thought pattern.

"I need to run on vacation--but I don't have enough time."

"I should run on vacation--but I don't want to."

With these thoughts, any day I didn't run felt like a small failure. I might be in bed that night and think,

"I should have run today. Am I ever going to run on vacation? Here's another day gone by without a run. I probably won't run tomorrow either even though I need to."

Should I fail to run with my new thought pattern it won't feel like a failure. It will just feel like something I wanted to do and didn't get around to.

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