Small steps worth celebrating
Monday, September 23, 2013
Today was another busy and less than stellar work day. I sat in front of my laptop and barely moved a muscle since I sat down at 5:45 AM. I only had 331 steps at 4:00. I was also super hungry and I knew practically any meal would put me over sedentary calories.
I was tempted to go to the Y but that would have meant shaving my legs (LOL) and coordinating with hubby who was not interested in working out tonight. It was also pouring rain which meant the Y would be really-really busy and I needed to get home to finish a report.
I put on my Gortex light trail shoes, a light rain jacket and braved the rain. I went on a route that I thought would give me an opportunity to beat a previous personal best to help motivate me to move quickly.
I love being in the rain when it's not too cold. I love the peacefulness of being out there almost by myself.
I ran some treadmill intervals yesterday and I didn't want to push too hard but I couldn't resist using the hills to practice running uphill. I started each at a moderate pace the first third, picked it up a little the middle third and then sped up for the last third. These short runs gave me the opportunity to get my heart rate up and practice good form and breathing without completely tiring out.
As I came around the last corner, hubby was walking out to find me. It was nice to show him how my app mapped me way ahead of my last pace.
When I got home I enjoyed a good stretch, a wonderful shower and a nice dinner of meatballs, quinoa and broccoli. Then I got back to work and finished a report that had to be completed today.
All of this sounds boring but it is recognition of how much I've changed. I really still am the all-or-nothing girl who would have just sat in front of the computer all night and probably eaten something far worse for comfort. I would have been crabby about how much I had to work and whined about how much I hated my job. (Yeah, I still don't exactly love my job). Instead I did what I needed even though the day hadn't gone as planned so I could eat what was planned and still sounded good. I shaved 5 minutes off my previous time. It was also my chance to practice what I've been learning (breathing, stride and form) from my PT and my trail running group even though I've had to walk the last several weeks. It was wonderful to get outside and enjoy a rainy late afternoon before the days get too short and dark.