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!