Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Tuesday Morning

Looking Down

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!


  1. I started bike commuting last fall, and couldn't ride much over the winter, and I really felt the difference. Now that it's spring again, I'm able to get out and ride on a more regular basis, and I agree - it makes me feel so much better.

    1. Ack, no riding in the winter?!? Chris, that's terrible. I'm glad to hear that you and the bike are back together for springtime :-) It's such a beautiful time of year to be riding, and here in Texas, we've had a cool spring.

  2. My friend, it can be hard to get those workouts in when life is moving at an even faster pace than normal. The week after my half-marathon I didn't work out until Friday. That's 6 days without sweating for real. Eep!

    1. Yes, you're totally right. I admire your discipline, keeping up a running routine despite your hectic schedule! In the future, I am going to be more mindful of getting my sweat on even when life is too busy. It's always easier for me to focus if I'm not fretting or anxious about everything.