I got plenty of rest yesterday, and I needed it. I didn’t get to run in the afternoon as planned, but that’s okay. We got LOTS more snow today, so I’m planning to leave work early (time owed) and hit the state park by the house for a quick six or seven. It’s so gorgeous out. I’m the only goober whistling Let It Snow.
I wanted to talk about drive and motivation. Last night, I wanted to eat something when I woke up for my daughter around 1 AM. I thought about having a bite, but then I realized that I’ve been four days straight monster-free. No nighttime snacks for four straight days. (If you knew me, you’d be ASTOUNDED). And there’s lesson 1.
I still haven’t left work from last night.
But it’s snowing! Oh man! I want to grab my stuff and go run. I want to go plow into the woods and not come out for a few sweaty hours. Oh man, there’s nothing like fresh snow to invigorate you!
I’m not griping. I’m just voicing what’s in my skull.
It’s just about 6:30AM. I’ve been at work since midnight. I’m filling in for a coworker who looked like death warmed over. Normally, I’d be finishing up my lifting and heading up to run, or I’d be almost done my run and thinking about a steam room.
Distractions are a killer, aren’t they? We took the old dusty TV out of the closet for the next couple of months, you know, to give the kid something to do besides suit up and kick slush around the parking lot. So, I take out my XBox and go rent Halo 2 from Blockbuster. Last night, I finished up around 12:57AM, and only then because Kat woke up to a righteous explosion (even with the sound turned down).
Oddly, I didn’t get up and do that brisk walk I’d scheduled.
Okay, I have a knowledgable group of friends online. Tell me if you know the answer to this:
I’m doing romanian deadlifts with dumbells today. I’ve got two 80 lb. dumbells. I can manage the weight insofar as my back and legs and arms are happy with it. BUT, I can’t keep a great grip on it.
Dammit! I went out for a trail run Sunday morning with this guy, who replied to an offer for an early morning run. We did 6+ miles, and this was a lot more work for me than it was when I was dead middle of my season, but not unreasonable. But you know what the rat bastid did? Do you know? He got me wanting to go out and do the Fat Ass 50K.
He tells me, “Oh, you don’t have to do all 50. Just come out and do a 1/2 or something.” I never thought of that. It’s set up as 10K loops, so you can do whatever you want, as long as you check out with the organizer when you decide to leave the course. Rats. I’m in. So, I’ll do a half marathon distance, 20K+ (22?). I can tell this guy’s going to be trouble. : )
Happy New Year!
It’s the best time for me. I’m always so invigorated by this month. I see it as a mountain of beginnings. I see it as the refresh button. I see it as opportunity cloaked in snow. White paper.
I do a lot of web-reading daily. It’s how I keep in touch with others working on their fitness goals. I read the people’s blogs in the right-side column voraciously. They’re almost always positive, informative, and filled with little ditties about what they’re doing to stay fit. Here are some others I really like.
If you’re not regularly checking out Jaime’s Really Useful Fitness Blog, you should. Today’s topic was about how to make more realistic resolutions. I’ve been making thoughtful faces at my computer screen for months while enjoying this site. It’s worth adding to your list of daily visits.
There’s this old Dr. Dre lyric from Forgot About Dre where he says something like, “Cause I’ve been in the lab with a pen and a pad, trying to get this damned label off.” I’ve always liked that lyric. It really resonates. I feel like that a lot. Always tinkering.
Fitness At the gym this morning, I hit my mark really well. I ran a 30 minute 5K, including some sprints at 8MPH and then walking that off at 4MPH. My cruise speed was 6.8 most of the time.