How many times have you looked at your watch and said to yourself, “Dammit, I don’t have time to run today”?

I used to do that on a regular basis—as if 10 or 15 minutes of running wasn’t proper running.

As a working parent, I have learned the value of the short run, the five minute weight workout, the second short run before bed, the second 5 minute weight workout.

It has literally changed my life.  Now, when I am on some insane three week work binge, peppered with swim meets and dance recitals to attend, I still run and work out almost every day.

I just ran for 15 minutes with my dog.  We got a late start, so it was too hot for Foley the furry critter to go for our customary hour run/walk combo.  But here I sit, a little sweaty, heart rate still up a bit, mood much improved.

I will now spend a few minutes doing hand weights and abs work.  More stuff that will make me feel better.

I was just in Europe, on tour for three weeks.  We traveled literally every day.  I really did not have time to find a place to run barefoot, and as I was carrying all my musical gear, my CDs to sell, and 3 weeks worth of clothes, I had not brought minimal running shoes (won’t make that mistake again).

But—I walked every day in the UK.  I did my crunches and pushups.  When we got to Euroope, and started taking trains every day, it occurred to me that we were getting our heart rates up just changing trains and carrying all our luggage and instruments all over each day and night.  So my attitude got better—I was getting exercise just carrying my stuff and changing trains!

It’s all part of trying to live in the present and take opportunities as they come.  In this case, a short run is better than no run.   A walk is better than no run.  30 pushups and 50 crunches is better than nothing.  I’ll take it when I can.

— Barefoot Will