Monday, May 09, 2011
I can't remember a time when I've been this stressed! Both my husband & I are unemployed. That said, we are beyond blessed. We have a supportive network of family & friends, some savings and good health. Even with all of these blessings I find myself so terrified most of the time that it's hard to even eat. Never in a million years did I ever think I would make that statement!
Exercise has been the key for me since my husband lost his job. I am completely calm when I'm running, walking or strength training. No terror in the pit of my stomach. No fear of being unemployed for years to come. It will all be OK if I'm out on the trail or at the gym. If I hadn't found the benefits of exercise I'd be back to eating like there was no tomorrow and sitting on my butt.
This brings me to today's walk/run on the Wilderness Trail not far from home. It's one of my favorite places.......quiet, safe and for me, a challenge. It's considered by many to be a moderate trail; a five mile loop with an 800 foot elevation. Just under six miles round trip from the parking lot. The first time I tried I made it a quarter mile and turned back, the second time I made it a mile. The third time I completed it and swore to never do it again. It took me well over 2 hours and I thought I would die for the rest of the day!
Today I made it in 87 minutes, running at least 2.5 miles of the six. I can average a 15 minute mile! As I was running down the trail my foot caught on the tip of a buried rock and I was airborne, water bottle flying, feet trying to find the ground. I felt my core tighten up and I landed upright ON MY FEET. Six months ago I would have slid down the trail on my face! I now know the magic of strength training and cardio. I've done my best to treat my body well over the last year and it returned the favor.
I could barely breathe in the car on the way home I was so sweaty & stinky. I think it might be the best aroma in the world!