Why is it that my most important posts often take a back seat to those like “bacon mac and cheese” or “homemade apple pie?” They of course are delightful to make, devour, and write about…but this one is especially important to me. I’ve been pretty reflective lately thanks to the simplicity of a change in season. With the exercise-friendly weather in full bloom, I have no excuse but to create a sense of urgency for my health. Same goes for all of us, right? It all seems to happen at once: the last evidence of gross dirty slush along the street finally melts away…the timid flower buds and tree leaves begin to bloom like a light of hope at the end of a terribly long dark tunnel (a.k.a. “winter”)…and all of us stumble out of our homes to be graciously greeted by the sun on our face, triggering a long sigh of relief. Spring…Summer…finally. But what to do?
I’m gonna run for my life!
Seriously. My Facebook and Instagram news-feeds have been blowin’ up recently with posts from friends who did a Color Run, a half-marathon, a MARATHON!, a new Ragnar Relay, etc. You know who you are…and to all of you I whole heartedly thank you for doing just what I should be doing. You’re an inspiration! I’m afraid I’m a few months late to the party of runners who already tackled a ton of great races, but hey – it’s still cool to be fashionably late, right? I was very good about running consistently last year. I proudly accomplished a 5K, 10 miler, my first half-marathon (shout out to my girl Carrianne Downey – such an amazing running buddy!), and I even finished off the year strong with an unforgettable experience running in Tennesee (shout out to my #georgesgirls team! Also see my Dear Tennesee post for a taste of how glorious it was). Lots of inspiration surrounded me all year:
Ragnar TN – DONE!
My amazing team of WC Alumnae
Annapolis 10 Miler – DONE!
Classic jumping photo w/ my girl Aundra!
Pre-Run w/ my running awesome buddy, Carrianne!
CIA’s “Run for your Knives” 5K
Running w/ Stella
But as the winter came and went, my excuses for not exercising seemed to linger a little too long for no good reason. Before I could say “that was a great run”…it was…wait…it IS almost June. I’m out of shape.
Get it together, Katherine!
And so I will. I’ve put together a nerdy little running schedule for this week in hopes of getting back in shape. Here it is:
Monday: 1 mile warm up (Sean & Stella came too!), 2 mile run, 2 mile walk
Tuesday: 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 2 mile run @ 5pm
Wednesday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 3 mile run @ 5pm
Thursday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 2 mile walk @ lunchtime, 1 mile run @ 5pm
Friday: 1 mile run @ 6am
Saturday: 3 mile run/walk
Thank goodness for a starter-schedule, inspiration from friends, and of course Miss Stella. She’s our yellow lab. She has always been a quiet little inspiration along each run. She’ll often look back at me as we’re climbing a hill with her wide open smile that says:
“Wooohooo!” *panting* “We got this!!!” *panting* “SQUIRL!”
She has gotten me through long runs, short runs, and even a few simple walks around the neighborhood when I’ve just needed to take it easy. Her endless enthusiasm and appreciation for each little outdoor adventure leaves me forever grateful that we have her in our lives.
I’ll leave you with a few reasons to get out there yourself just in case you’re needing a little inspiration. Here are 5 senses that I adored on my run/walk last night. Further confirmation that exercise is better than watching T.V. Enjoy!
- the smell of honey suckle while passing through the 1st mile of my run. A sweet reminder of how glorious it is to be outside on a beautiful day.
- the sight of an older man walking his older lab…both at their own steady pace. A precious vision of patience and loyalty.
- the sound of a street performer’s violin serenading Bethesda Row as I completed my run. An unexpected symphony of joy celebrating my mini-accomplishment for the day.
- the taste of ice water with lemon when I arrived home exhausted but proud. A reminder of how delicious yet crucial something so simple can be for our health.
- the feeling of a BBQ scented breeze passing me by as I finished my last mile. A heart felt reminder of two things surrounding Memorial Day: a backyard grill-style dinner awaiting me that night, and more importantly – our dear selfless men and women who served and continue to serve our great country.
Now go run/walk for your life!