Thoughts on exercise
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I'll admit it, I haven't done cardio in weeks. Maybe a month. I've been busy with a huge project at work, working 12 to 15 hr days for about a month. And it's easy to skip cardio, just do some weights and squats at home, and leave it at that. And, of course, skimp on sleep at the same time. Wonderful combination.
We finally finished the giant project. Mailed it off on Monday, after a marathon weekend. Sooooooo happy to see it gone.
And I suddenly was exhausted. All those weeks of not enough sleep and too much coffee caught up with me. I went home early on Monday and napped for 2 hrs. Slept a full night. Napped again Tuesday after work.
But Tuesday morning, when I arrived at school, I walked. I signed in, and went for my 25 minute circuit around school - up and down stairs, up and down ramps, around and up the hill and down and around. And it felt GOOD!
I walked again this morning. 35 minutes today. I pretended I was Rocky Balboa as I ran up and down the steps in front of the auditorium. I said hi to people, who said "You exercising, Phebe?" - People who had seen me doing this last year, or earlier this fall, but hadn't seen me walking my circuit in a month or so.
And I realized how essential this walk is. Every morning, this walk energizes me. I wake up while I walk. I feel the cool air, and breathe deeply - before the sun is all the way up and heating our little island and making walking later in the day unbearable. My blood starts pumping, my lungs open up, and I get just sweaty enough to know I've done something. My thighs ache after the ten up-and-downs of my Rocky routine, but they feel alive. My calves feel strong as they propel me up and down the ramps.
Why don't I do this more often? Why do I let writing our accreditation study get in the way?
I need to remember how good this feels. I need to make this happen, each and every day.