Week of May 6, 2012:
Sunday: Walk with sister
Monday: Bike commute
Tuesday: 25-minute run(!)
Last week was a blur to me, so let it be sufficient to say that it was busy. So busy, in fact, that once my sister arrived on Thursday evening, I didn’t get a good aerobic work-out into my days until Monday. That’s four days without breaking a good sweat, and that, my friends, is too long.
It was my fault, really, as I let myself get so wrapped up in being a good hostess that I neglected what is a basic part of my mental health wellness program. It turns out that I really do need a good run or bike ride most days of the week in order to feel sane, calm, and happy. My sister Theresa and I took walks together, which was better than nothing, but when she diligently went to the gym each morning to work out, I should have tagged along with her.
After my morning bike commute yesterday, I could feel the difference almost immediately. Whereas on Sunday I felt overwhelmed and exhausted by my own ambition and worries, on Monday I felt refreshed and restored to calmness. Even better was going for a run last night. I hadn’t run in over a week, which was ridiculous, but last night I trotted out 25 minutes around my neighborhood, and it was good. I’m excited to get into good 10K shape for the Solstice Run next month, and I may even be running a 5K as part of a triathlon relay team. I haven’t run a 5K race in a long, long time, but I think it will be fun and a great excuse to do some speed work-outs.
Bring on the sneakers!