Day 10 of my thought rut challenge fell on Christmas Day. Initially I had planned to run a half marathon – a virtual run for charity. This would be a new adventure – running 13.1 miles on Christmas Day. Never have I done that. However, the gift and food coma thing took over earlier that I anticipated – so I allowed myself to take off an entire day from exercise. Mostly. Squeaked in a little 2 mile walk. And followed that by way too much food consumption. It is what it is.
Day 11 of my thought challenge had me curious about a recent injury to my left hamstring. It occurred at the end of a tempo run. I was lucky. It wasn’t a debilitating injury – but more of a wake up call. A wake up that I needed to be spending more time strengthening and stretching before and after I run. A wake up call that I took seriously. I do not want to be sidelined from running. Period. Continue reading Day 10-11 of the Holiday Challenge: Lopsided legs
Today’s adventure was breaking through a running route rut. A rut of running the same 1-of-5 courses, the same route, the same general area, or the same roads or anything that has the bottom-line sensation of ‘same-o’.
It’s the weekend – so my running adventure is joined by my partner in crime – Jill. Apparently Jill forgot it is “winter” and we had to rendezvous for the Annapolis run (a different city from our regular runs) by 6:30AM – meaning the alarm goes off at 4AM – and breakfast is inhaled by 5:30AM. Sigh. Sleeping fully will occur another day.
Continue reading Day 5 of the Holiday Challenge: Breaking the route rut
When I first started my Thought-Rut slash Holiday challenge as a way to close out 2014 – I wasn’t sure I would have enough thought ruts to last 16 days. For the record, I had at least a dozen ideas to test drive – just for today! Amazing how thought ruts come out of the woodwork once you set them free! But alas, one challenge to my thinking per day. So today I opted to challenge my thoughts that it couldn’t be done. There was no way I could hula hoop AND bounce a tennis ball on a tennis racket for 1 full minute. No way.
Continue reading Day 4 of the Holiday Challenge: Hula hooping while bouncing a tennis ball
Despite my best efforts, my workday overflowed into my “me time” – forcing my workout to go indoors and pushed late into the afternoon. Generally that combination would lead to procrastination of my workout for another day. But I gave myself this challenge to break my thought-ruts for the remainder of 2014 – and knew you would be holding me accountable.
So the next best thing to an outdoor workout — is 1 hour of indoor training on my Elliptigo, which is setup on my trainer. In the winter, I keep my Elliptigo indoors for workouts during especially cold and snowy days. In the summer — she gets to ride free and loves to tackle all the hills that bicyclists with fancy pants train. I can always count on my Elliptigo to get my heart rate humming, while the rest of me turns into a puddle. Normally – that would be the end of my aerobic workout – but not today.
Continue reading Day 3 of the Holiday Challenge: 300 squats
Today, I decided to start my daily thought rut challenge with an “I wonder…”. What do I typically talk myself out of — that just maybe I could do? I wonder if I could jump rope for an hour alongside my hubby while he gets in his hour long neighborhood walk. Let’s find out.
All sorts of voices in my head are telling me this could be a very bad idea. They sound like:
- “you never jump rope – it’s too hard”
- “you’ll get injured”
- “remember the last time you jump roped – it wasn’t pretty”
- “it’s too windy”
- “it’s too hilly”
- “you’re not 20 years old”
Continue reading Day 2 of the Thought Rut Challenge: Jump roping for an hour
It all happened by accident.
With the shortened daylight hours of winter – I happily sleep in (6am), and procrastinate my exercise routine until half-way into my work day. Yes, these are the benefits of working from home. I save time (and $) by not commuting, put in extra hours for my clients – and then take a break for myself mid-day to exercise. Sweet!
I knew that the temperatures were moderately cool (low 40’s), and I casually glanced at the online weather forecast. 100% rain by 1PM. That sounded pretty certain – for a weather forecast. By 11AM, I’m ready to go for a run, and hubby Pat is geared up for his daily walk. We step out onto my favorite gym (the outdoor gym) – and off we go in our separate paces.
Continue reading Day 1 of the Thought Rut Challenge: What I discovered while running in the cold and rain