This morning should have been rough.
Last night, I had to finally break it to my mom and grandma that we're moving away in a little over a month. It did not go as easily as I'd hoped. Mom got very emotional. By the end of the evening, everybody was okay, but I was pass-out-on-the-couch drained by the time I got home.
Earlier in the day, Tom and I had been talking about positive changes that we want to be a part of our move. One thing I had said was I want to commit to morning workouts. It's something I have always wanted to do, but with my work schedule here in NYC, have not been able to pull off. At the end of that conversation, I told Tom that I planned to go for a run the following (this) morning.
There are a few reasons the run was a challenge, the biggest being that I am still a pretty sucky runner. I know, I know - it takes time, not everybody has the easiest time with every kind of exercise, blah blah. I get it. But I have to be honest with myself and say that running has always been challenging for me. Even as a kid, I'd rather skip for a mile than run 200 feet. I can do a dance marathon, HOURS of Zumba... but running is just... ugh.
I have started C25K on a couple of occasions. The most recent was this summer, and I actually was doing VERY well with it... but then life and my work schedule got in the way, I had to get my wisdom teeth out, and that came to a crashing halt.
Add to that mental/ emotional exhaustion from last night's affair, and the dreary, gray cold weather (I have never run in cold - my last, successful run was in 90+ degrees, and I liked it that way... what can I say - sweating is a motivator for me!), and the odds were against me.
But, I did it.
I dragged my weary butt out of bed, put on my yoga pants, layered up on top (even with the neoprene waistband sweat-inducing thingie!), hat, gloves, sneaks, earbuds, and I was out the door. I didn't run the whole time, but I didn't use the C25K app either. I just zoned out to music (90's pop was effective today) and listened to my body, interspersing running with walking. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually ran, and that my tolerance for it hadn't completely fizzled.
I completed 3.22 miles in 45 minutes. Not wonderful, but certainly not horrible, all things considered.
The scenery helped.
I often describe where I live to people as NYC, but with lower cost of living and a prettier view. Like I said, it was gray this morning, but this gives you an idea of what I mean:
That big building out toward the end is the Freedom Tower (where the WTC once stood).
Midtown - you can see the Empire State Building in this one.
The view is one of the things I miss most when we move away, and that will probably be even more true now that I've started running.
I'll have to take an evening run soon so I can share some pictures of the skyline at night - it's pretty awesome.
Anyhow, goal for this morning accomplished. I'm more "with it" now, and I think that's in large part thanks to the run giving the the opportunity to get my head straight. Maybe I'll even go do a class tonight...