Mindful Spring Cleaning

What a lovely morning!¬† First day of spring and the sun was shining ūüôā¬† Doesn’t get much better than that!¬† Admittedly I was in need of a very big coffee this morning; up too late last night after the Ice Hogs hockey game (which was a blast, too bad they lost in OT).¬† I don’t remember the last time¬†rolled out of bed at 7:30, whaaa?¬† It was weird and to be honest I didn’t like it.¬† I felt like I had pissed away a couple of hours of my day, but I have been exhausted all week and needed some extra zzzz’s.¬† Sometimes it’s more important to listen to your body than push through something.

Needless to say, after cup of coffee and chia pudding I was ready to roll!¬† I was super stoked for a Sunday Funday run.¬† I knew I couldn’t do more than 4 because the neuroma has been worse but I definitely needed some fresh air and clearing of the mind.

As I was trudging along, cursing the neuroma I began spring cleaning my mind.¬† I needed to reestablish my goals, needs and action plan for 2016.¬† I realized that I wasn’t accomplishing everything I wanted to.¬† So, I began establishing what I did want.¬† I definitely¬†want to continue ridding my mind of negative thoughts.¬† Doing pretty well in this department, though I’m still guilty of negativity at times when I’m uber frustrated.¬† Unfortunately I catch it after the fact and feel like an ass, since that’s generally not who I am.¬† My word for 2016 is Awareness, and I’m constantly working on that.

With each step I sifted through my thoughts: how pretty this little black and white duck was that I couldn’t identify, how calming song birds are in the morning, how much I appreciated the smell of a fresh spring morning, then Boom! I admitted to myself that¬†I am¬†feeling overwhelmed due to all of the stuff I want to accomplish as an AHI and fitness coach in the coming months.¬† Being overwhelmed is unacceptable in my world because I’m a firm believer in you are what you make for yourself.¬† As an adult it is my responsibility to make my own choices and letting myself feel overwhelmed is not an acceptable response to my life.¬† So, time to revisit my goals which are thankfully posted on my dreamboard in my office :), reassess and adapt my plan of action.¬† I know that those¬†items on my dreamboard¬†are important to me (duh, they’re on a “dreamboard”). As I was sorting through recent days and events I came to the conclusion that I am not accomplishing what I should be because I have forgotten the main staple for action…choosing only 2 tasks for each goal to do each day AND prioritizing which ones MUST be done first.¬† I totally believe that ANYTHING is possible in this life if you want it and you’re willing to work for it.¬† I’ve also found the more you work towards something with a positive attitude, the more opportunity comes your way to get yourself closer towards your goals.¬† As I approached my turnaround point¬†on the bridge over the south end of Rock Lake, I felt rejuvenated and thankful for my Sunday Funday run….it was time to head back and make positive steps forward.

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To post run happiness ūüôā

Cheers

 

 

Running and Thoughts

What a beautiful Saturday morning sunrise!¬† All I kept thinking was how much I wanted to go for a run but I also kept thinking of all of the stuff I had to get done by 10:15.¬† Then I thought how shitty and rainy it was going to be tomorrow and how much happier I would feel and therefore how much¬†more productive I would be if I went for a run….needless to say, I went for a run.¬† I compromised and¬†kept it under 4 miles ūüėȬ† As per usual, I had thoughts firing around the noggin on my run.¬† I really need to keep a recorder with me, I have the most brilliant ideas and then forget them by the time I get back.¬† I retained a few thoughts though…

First of all I was super stoked when I ran past the eastern shore of the lake which has thawed.¬† I thought to¬†myself that with some rain and another week of nice temps¬†I could be on my kayak paddling around by the end of March.¬† Yeah, I’ll probably have to bundle up, but how cool would that be?!!¬† I then got myself uber excited over kayaking and truly starting scheduling my weeks when I would get my ass out of bed by 0400 so I could be on the water for a paddle before work, that’s just happy right there.

The second thought as I climbed up numerous hills was how thankful I am¬†for the beachbody programs I do as a coach and host in my groups. ¬†No, I’m not being salesy and this is why: Because of the neuroma I haven’t been able to run since late October other than the Knickerbocker 5k and my first 4 miler on Tuesday (post 2nd round of cortisone injection).¬†¬†I thought I’d be starting from scratch as is the case when I¬†end up¬†on a running hiatus, but I trotted around town feeling awesome sauce!

I also thought about how little I care about people staring at me while I run.¬† 5 years ago when I started running I was sure to get my ass out the door before most people were up and moving so I could run in the dark because I didn’t want people to see me.¬† The more I ran, the less I cared and the more I observed those who stare.¬† I came to the conclusion most women avoid making eye contact with women who run, dudes stare, truckers stare, old guys try not to stare but are really staring (their attempt at using peripherals is hilarious) and fellow runners or fitness peeps wave…I wave back :D.

Then I came to the conclusion, in case you didn’t know, Morton’s neuroma sucks balls. ¬†It started to get seriously pissed around mile 3.2, thankfully I had less than a mile of “ow, ow, ow…” repeating in my head.¬†¬†I’m sadly getting good at breathing through the discomfort, which I would rather breathe through muscle aches or a tough hill, but you gotta do whatcha gotta do (until they figure out how to fix it anyway).¬†

As a final kudos to my decision to blow off a couple of things and go for a run instead of frantically darting around the house and barely accomplishing anything; I logged into mapmyrun.com to check my times and I shaved off 3 minutes since the last time I ran that loop. Take that neuroma amd thank you P90X3 and Hammer & Chisel.  Booyah!

Thanks for reading my ramblings, I hope your Saturday rocked!

Cheers!