Thank God it's Friday. I hope you're all as happy as I am this crazy work week is over.
Day two of no running and I haven't gone crazy yet. To be fair, a break for some people means no working out whatsoever. I'm lucky to be able to keep sweating day after day while taking a little break from impact sports. I firmly believe the elliptical is the only reason I'm still sane.
I love running with all my heart, but I think this break has been good both physically and mentally. Yes, I'm very aware it's only day two, but I think I'll come out of this little hiatus with a deeper love and respect for the sport and my body. Respect is the key word. There's a great quote, "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." If we run ourselves into the ground, where does that leave us? I have learned so much about my physical capabilities this past year, and the one thing I realized is if I keep treating my body poorly, it will eventually stop working for me. Working out and eating right are both awesome and necessary, but if you work out too much or don't eat enough to fuel the workouts, your body won't be able to keep up. Sometimes we just need to sit down, close our eyes and focus on all our bodies have done for us. And it's not about meditating on how good we'll look in our swimsuits by the time next summer rolls around, but how our heart beats every second of every day. It's as much a mental game as a physical one, and if we can stay positive on the things that matter, we'll come out on top.
That was a tad deep for a Friday night post, but if I help one person (even if it's just myself by stating the words I know to be true out loud), then this whole social media thing is pretty powerful stuff.
With that said, there's nothing wrong with getting in some good sweat sessions (meditate + sweat = balance). I had an easy workout planned for today since I plan on a longer gym session tomorrow morning (remember when we used to sleep and watch cartoons on Saturday?) I went on the elliptical for 40 minutes and then did abs for about 10 minutes. My legs say, "Thank you."
And good luck to all the racers this weekend! It's hard to believe Marathon season is coming to an end soon.
Tell me one great thing about you (non physical)
What races are you running this weekend?