Running and Reflections
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
CONFUSEDBIRD reminded me of something I love about running in her blog from today. It really is true that when I am running consistently, not only do I feel better physically, but it feels like my mind, too, is expanded. I notice more about my surroundings, I am paying attention to the little things in life that are rewarding and joyful and my ideas and thoughts seem to just be fuller - you know what I mean? Like, I make connections things better - how I feel and what I want, who I am, what's going on in my present life, etc. When I'm not exercising, things seem to fall flat. Gotta hold on to that sense of being alive.
Speaking of reflections and exercise, last night I headed to the gym after work. I'm getting back into the swing of things and onto the eve of training for the Chicago Marathon. (I feel so lucky that I was able to get a spot before registration closed in record time!) I thought about what my workout would be on the way there. I realized that a characteristic of when I have been successful in the past is that I allow myself choices in everything. Reminding myself that I do have choices and that "excuses are for people who need them" is a mental boost that reminds me that I'm in the game. But not only that, choices in how I exercise, what I eat, etc gives me freedom and positiveness in doing it. If I choose to do it, I own it. I like that. So I chose last night to spend most of my workout on the stair stepper. I wanted to sweat and see/feel the physical evidence of working hard and I know the stair stepper does that for me. As I was getting out of my car, I realized my diary/journal thing was sitting on the front seat. Without thinking really, I grabbed it and took it in. I spent 35 min on the stair stepper and read my thoughts here and there from 2010 to as late as December 2011 (no current year entries.) It was so revitalizing to read where I had been, what was going on in my life internally and the goals I had and how they evolved over time through my own writing. I mostly write about emotions in my diary - not really summaries of events but more how I felt, what I wanted, what I was working on, etc. There was something too, about soaking it the information from the pages and then sweating it back out as I worked. I found myself upping the level on the stair stepper from time to time, just to keep my heart rate in sync with my reading. It was a cool experience. Reminded me that I'm there for MYSELF and to take the time and savor it.
So I'm running the Chicago Marathon in October. It happens to be on my mom's birthday which is kinda cool. My ex who I have become good, real friends with over the last six months decided to sign me up and pay my fee for me! haha And then I signed her up too because she's having a hard time personally lately and she needs something new to focus her energy on that is healthy and positive. I thought it would be cool to do it "together" and both get our 3rd marathon at the same time. She is only 9 min away from qualifying for Boston now that they have lowered the requirement another 5 min for all age groups. We have been talking about it and both getting excited! Gonna be awesome! And Chicago is a fricken AWESOME city. She has never been.
I made the easiest breakfast this morning. Last night at the grocery store i bought a carton of pure egg whites, a package of pre cut vegetables that included diced red and green peppers, mushrooms, celery, minced garlic and parsley. ( Hannaford is selling these pre packaged veggie mixes for stir fry now that they make in their produce section and its all fresh. ) So this morning, I mixed half the carton of egg whites (about 250 calories), half the package of veggies (about 50 calories) and a quarter cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (about 80 calories) as well as a tsp of olive oil, pinch of pepper, salt and basil. mixed it all together in a bowl, poured it directly into a small non-stick baking dish and baked it for 20 min at 350 while I took a shower and got ready. It came out perfectly! I cut it in half and ate half for breakfast (about 200 calories) and had a yogurt with it. Try it out! You could easily pre-cut your veggies the night before to save time. It literally took about 5 minutes of effort, tops. I took a picture on my crappy phone but I can't seem to get to the pix place on Verizon to post it here.