Thursday, April 18, 2013

Grade: C-

 Completed Star Chart

Week of April 7, 2013:

Sunday: Bike ride for errands

Monday: Evening run (20 minutes)

Tuesday: Bike commute to work

Wednesday: Evening run (20 minutes)

Thursday: Bike commute to work

Friday: Off

Saturday: Off (plus a slow neighborhood walk with my visitor)

Minutes run this week: 40.

GOODNESS, I am far behind on posting this week.  Yikes.  It’s been another crazy one, folks, but here I am, so let’s chat.  First, how about an Up/Down for today?  On the Down side of things: walking around all day in wet socks and boots.  We had a wicked rainstorm this morning, with the rain coming at me sideways and wind so strong that I had the hold my umbrella with two hands.  All that rain soaked my feet, and I got so annoyed with the wet socks that at one point, I took off the boots and socks and hung my socks from open desk drawers to dry them a little bit.  Of course my boss popped into the office during that time to ask me to meet with him tomorrow—he always seems to find me when I’m doing something weird.

On the Up side: my run today!  By evening, the rain had stopped and the sun came out.  It was pretty chilly today—these days I can’t figure out if I’m supposed to dress for 40s/50s or 70s/80s—and I was a bit underdressed for it.  But then I came home, changed into my warm running clothes, and went for a delightful jaunt around my neighborhood, feeling so happy to be in the fresh air and alive.  It’s been a hard week for all of us, I think, and it just felt good to do something as simple as run.  That’s what I love about running.  It restores me.

And now, onto the star chart from last week.  I give myself a C- because I only did about half of my assignments (the grade is based solely on participation—I assure you I am normally a much better student!).  I’m happy I meditated so much; that was nice.  And two runs are better than no runs, so yay!  I did, however, completely flake out on strength.  Oops.  I’m not giving myself an awesome grade, but I’m okay with trying to rebuild some momentum in my running life.  I went running twice this week, so hey: consistency!

If I seem like I’m taking it really easy on myself, it’s because I am.  There have been a lot of changes in my life in the last few months, with my current job ending soon, the on-going job hunt, wedding festivities, and a new boyfriend.  My plate is overflowing, so my fitness goal is really to get back to some regular running habits so that I’m in good shape when marathon training begins in June.  Perhaps not surprisingly, I’m just a wee bit stressed out by all the changes and busy-ness.  But as the saying goes, this too shall pass.  But hopefully it won’t pass without some time spent in my sneakers!

On a scale of 1-10, how stressed do you feel these days?  If 10 is the highest, I’m probably between a 6 and a 7.  I am overwhelmed, mostly by good things!  

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