1. Complain that it is too cold outside.
2. Excuse yourself from doing so because your older children are in school and can't listen out for the baby while she is napping and you are on your run. Tell yourself, your mom, your friends, and your husband (especially your husband) that you simply can't be expected to run any other time. Lament over what you are going to do as the months slip by one by one.
3. If one day it is pretty mild outside and your older children happen to be home sick, admit that there are no more excuses and determine that today you are going for it! Then go around the rest of the day wondering if maybe your chest feels a little tight and perhaps you shouldn't push it because you might be getting what the kids have. Dodge the bullet for one more day.
4. If the next day you still have not come down with anything and your kids are home and the weather is nice again, determine there is no more stalling allowed. Decide that you will go running... later.
5. Edit the blog post you wrote 15 times.
6. Pull ingredients out for dinner.
7. Switch laundry from the washer to the dryer. Fold the load that was in the dryer.
8. Hunt around for the missing headphones to your Ipod. Tell yourself that it is not your fault if you can't find them and you don't have to go because running without music is just about impossible.
9. Pause by the monitor when the baby coughs in her sleep and wonder if maybe you shouldn't leave, because she might wake up while you are gone.
10. Stand around in the kitchen and stare at the minutes ticking by on the microwave clock. Realize that now you have dawdled long enough that you only have enough time to run, come home, jump in the car and head to the carpool line to pick up your other children. Think about how gross that is. Consider not going at all. Then remember the last time you stood on the scale. And run out the door.