There always seems to be a direct correlation between not getting to workout and not having a good week. Maybe it’s just coincidental. All I know is last night, Running felt like Freedom.
2.10 + 4.00 miles
I took this picture to illustrate the difference between my run last night which was a bit of a muddy mess and the one this morning that was on hard frozen ground. You can see Lou’s paw print sunken in pretty deep from last night. I knew I was going to have to deal with mud caked paws at the end, but she hadn’t had much exercise all week. I tried to keep myself to the more grassy sections, but I did slip a couple of times. I only managed to fit in 2 miles last night before dark, but that’s my own fault. I ended up spending some amount of time before my run capturing the sunset. If I hadn’t done that then I definitely could have gotten at least 3 in.
The weather was nice, my farm chores were done, and I was completely spent from school. I had said at the beginning of the day that I would run no matter what. I planned on running after my tutor session and before picking up my daughter from school, but I ended up having to grade exams instead. This past week was full of obstacles. There always seems to be a direct correlation between not getting to workout and not having a good week. Maybe it’s just coincidental. All I know is last night, Running felt like Freedom.
And maybe since I could only run a short distance or maybe because running is one of the things that had been missing from my week, but when it was too dark to continue, I said didn’t say goodbye to the trail. I said, I’ll see you in the morning.
Today when the sky was still waking up and the frosty crystals were still on the ground, I was bundling up to bring in some more firewood and thinking, Soon, soon. If my husband was home, I would have left already, but my daughter was already stirring and I knew she would need breakfast when she got up. A quick bowl of cereal for her and then we were going outside together. She wanted to continue working on the fort she started during my run last night. When I run the trail around our house, I’m always thankful for our property. This Eight Acres Trail, this half mile loop of my very own, is a gift. My daughter was at the barn with the cats and the chickens. Every time I passed she would call out, “Hi Mommy! Have a good run!”
The sun was out and the frost was quickly melting away. Again, I let the dog run free since the ground was hard and I figured she needed to run as much as I did. It’s not good to be cooped up all week. I need fresh air and exercise. I know I said similar things in my last post. All through January, I’ve been squeezing in runs in these cracks of time, but this week there were no cracks and I felt it.
Today was my day to reset – To run (top priority), clean the house (second priority), and rest. I want to get homework done too, but I feel numb. Hopefully, I can look at some of it in a bit. I’m not trying to procrastinate. I’m just so tired. But would I be this tired if I had gotten some workouts in this week? Or would the stress not have worn me down as much if I had gotten the 30 minutes a day I strive for? I do wonder… All I know is running helps with stress, period. As for the whys and hows, that’s a complete mystery to me.
An extra picture or two…..
I was walking up to the barn this morning to start my run and watched Toto climb the gate like a ladder. What a goofy cat.
And one more sunset….