i have exactly 21 days remaining of my very last call month of residency. i am torn between taking the attitude of “i can do anything for three weeks!” and just sort of waiting for it to be over vs. trying my hardest to appreciate each day and its associated challenges.
73 degrees at 5 AM = sweaty but effective morning run
one thing that i know will help me go the latter route is getting my workouts in during the AM. last week didn’t go so well — the stress i was dealing with really took its toll, and truly affected my ability to go about my usual activities.
but i have found that going for a run (or cross-training) before work really is the best thing for me.
◆ more energy (even though i have to get up earlier)
◆ a positive impact on my mood
◆ it gets me feeling accomplished early on, setting the tone for the day
◆ i don’t stress about leaving work ‘on time’ to get my run in afterwards
◆ i can relax and cook after work, which feels much more natural to me
◆ i sleep better at night if i don’t run just hours before bed
◆ according to the may runner’s world, it might make a good meditation opportunity — a peaceful way to start the day (if i don’t have ke$ha blaring from my iPod, that is).
not to mention the fact that running outside in 80 degree weather really isn’t my thing.
on saturday’s post, i stated that i would talk about my latest workout plans. i don’t have any grand announcement: for the next 3 weeks, i’m just going to be in the mode of working out for the above benefits. my focus will not be on training for anything, but instead on just running for the sake of running. i am also determined to get in some yoga, an exercise that i KNOW has its own set of rewards, but that for some reason i can never get myself to do consistently.
that said, off to hit the mat! happy monday!
workout: 5 miles @ 9:13/mi, 0.5% incline on the TM while finishing up runner’s world and april marie claire. LOVE so many of the shoes featured in that issue!
kitchen capers: from the recesses of the freezer –> the last of our mindfulness calzones (see link to understand this name)! yes, you can eat 2009 calzones in 2010. once baked for 25 minutes on 375, they were like new again. magic!