One of my goals is to learn to relax a little. I don't need to be in hyper drive all the time.
After my 'running adventure' on Saturday, my husband really stressed to me the importance of me taking some down time to recoup. This is important for several reasons. First, I had been over training for a couple weeks without realizing it. I have my training schedule for my half marathon written in my daytimer, as well as my weight lifting sessions and recovery days. For the past couple weeks I have not looked at the daytimer. I was on auto pilot. When I got back from my trip to VA, I never looked at the schedule, I just jumped back into my routine. Usually I would sit down on Sunday afternoons and 'rehearse' my week, look at the weather forecast to plan what nights to do what runs. I have not been doing that. I am the captain of a running team for a running challenge at work. The Challenge started the day I got back from VA. Every evening that I was 'scheduled' to run, I would just lace up my shoes and head out the door to run however many miles I could get out of my body. I was doing well, getting in 5 - 6 miles on each of my weekday runs and doing long runs on Saturday of 9 miles. I'm very proud of my little team of beginning runners. I would love to talk more about my team, but that will have to wait for another blog. Suffice if to say, I felt pressured as the team captain and most experienced runner (such a laugh) to put up big numbers for my team.
When I had a little 'crisis' this past week, I pulled out the daytimer and looked at my schedule. I have been putting in way to many miles. Those 5 - 6 milers should have been 3 - 4 milers. I've been over taxing my body on a regular basis for two weeks. In addition to my runs, I workout with a personal trainer twice a week and lift weights on my own one day. Well, this past week was spring break, so my trainer (a college student) was away. When I work out myself, I am way tougher on myself than she is. I ride my bike to the gym, push, push, push myself to lift harder, do more push ups, more lunges, then I ride my bike back and shoot some hoops in the driveway. Add to that the fact that the weather has been nice and I've been riding my bike to work and taking a bike ride during my lunch break.
Please, understand, I love being outside, I love being active, I am not whining about workout. Slowing down takes real discipline for me. I love that my body allows me to move more and enjoy my bike rides, runs and basketball a lot.
But, I need to respect my body a little more. Taking a day off for recovery is not enough. I need to have an attitude of respect for my body to show appreciation for all it has allowed me to do. Today was a very good start toward accomplishing that goal.
Today I . . .
Wore a skirt to work and felt pretty
Wore pretty sandals so I would have to slow down and enjoy my walk to lunch
Packed an awesome lunch cooler full of fruits, veggies, homemade veggie soup, crackers, lowfat yogurt. . . mmmm . . . I love packing lunch!
Made a pitcher of water with lemon and orange slices to help cleanse and nourish my body
Sat and had a conversation with a fellow runner during lunch, instead of riding my bike
Went on a very leisurely 6 mile bike ride after work. Just enjoying the evening.
Grilled asparagus on the grill (yummmm)
Had dinner on the patio (Tilapia, rice, asparagus and a small salad)
I'm going to do some yoga before I go to bed
I'm feeling recharged and relaxed already. I exhaled fully for the first time in a while and it feels really good. I feel renewed.
Inhale. Fully. Expand through your ribcage. Allow your belly to feel relaxed. Allow the tension and tightness in your shoulders to release and soften through your face allowing your eyebrows to separate. Separate your teeth and relax through your jaw. Exhale. Fully.
May you be fully aware of all you were created to be. May you feel relaxed, recharge, renewed. Respect the body you live in.