Day 388: What I Learned from Walking Day 1

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

So, in an effort to accentuate the positive I decided to really try and focus on being in a positive headspace during my walk today. Rather than focusing on how much I'd rather be running my course (I'm not going ot lie, I still thought about it as some amazing runners passed me) I let my mind drift to things I don't usually have time to think about.

You see, when I'm running I have a million things running through my brain (and it's clear, all at the same time, it's weird.) I'm thinking about my pace, I'm thinking about how far I've gone and how far I want to go. I'm thinking about my stride and about how I'm feeling. I'm thinking about hydration and fueling. I'm thinking about my training plan and about how well I'm doing at it. Sometimes I'm even thinking about how free I feel.

Today, during my walk, I thought about how beautiful my city is. I thought about the architecture and about the little nooks and crannies I doin't usually have time to spy. I enjoyed the music from my headphones instead of pacing myself off it. I considered the way my feet felt on the ground and how flat shoes make me feel like I'm barefoot.

In short, I think I was just more present. It was kind of nice.

Yesterday I had my monthly study phone call. I complained about how I feel like I don't have control over so many things and the one thing I do have control over (what I eat) I'm sucking at. So, it was nice of them to let me vent. The great news is I'm still getting in 300 minutes a week of exercise (even if it's less intense) and I'm not intentionally ignoring my food intake. I've just been depressed, bored, and lazy. Well, I'm trying to get back on the wagon with this one, trust me.

I didn't step on the scale this morning, so I don't know how well all my attention is working out just yet; though, it is TMO so the scale is to be taken with a grain of salt. I'm also still on steroids for my eye.

I've decided I'm probably going to walk the 5K on the 4th - it's better than doing nothing. Also, it's going to be more of 10K worth of walk for me since I'm going to walk to the start line. :)

Happy Tuesday, everyone. I hope you have a moment to smell the roses today, too!
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    Sometimes it's good to just slow down. If that's what your body needs you must do it. Just think how good it will be to get back to running when the time is right.

    Keep smelling those roses too emoticon emoticon
    2294 days ago
    I think that walking that 5k and enjoying the beauty that you don't get to savour when running is absolutely brilliant. After all, we run around all the time and walking is very beneficial. Congratulations on working on your thoughts, it is not easy to change habitual thinking but you are succeeding! emoticon
    2302 days ago
    Hmm, this make me think of what I might have missed when I walk, especially at places with lots of beautiful scenery. Often, I only thought of reaching sooner than enjoying my walk and I would end up feeling so gloomy exhausted!
    2302 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    That is pretty cool that you got a different perspective with you walk. Have fun walking your 5k...I mean 10K! :)
    2303 days ago
    Hooray! I'm glad you decided to give it a shot, and had a pretty good time doing it!

    Now, this is completely off topic and kind of inappropriate, but do you get to wear an eyepatch? That would be kinda cool. I'd have all sorts of fun with eyepatches and make a couple of them to match my outfits. :X Then again.. if I had to wear an eyepatch, I'd probably be too afraid of my poor depth perception to sew.
    2303 days ago
    YES! You are doing it, Lady. There truly is an UPside to everything. Your choice (and mine) is whether we look at the UP side or the down side. To throw out another trite little saying - "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade."
    DOO-DOO Happens - to all of us. If you let it control your behavior, you've made yourself a victim. Not a good plan - so keep on keeping on!
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    You definitely don't fit as a VICTIM!
    2303 days ago
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