It’s about the halfway point in the spring semester, which is also around the time I usually get a smidge overwhelmed with upcoming midterm projects and tests. And it never fails that work is usually pretty busy around the same time.
Hey, at least I’m not training for a marathon this time around, like I did last semester…
Oh yeah, did I mention? I’m not running the Eugene Marathon, my target for this spring. Probably not a surprise if you’ve been reading the blog and enduring my regular Achilles angst.
Am I completely bummed to miss what will surely be an awesome race? For shiz. But getting healthy right now is most important, so I can at least start thinking about late spring/early summer racing.
The good news is that my pal Meghan, who I was planning on running the marathon with, is going to rock Eugene. 🙂
When my days are crazy and crammed with to dos, work deadlines, school assignments, studying and tests, I rely on my early morning routine to help keep me sane. Thursday was no exception. I woke up bright and early (5:22 a.m.) and quickly fueled with a banana before heading to the gym.
- 20 minutes elliptical
- 40 minutes running on the treadmill (about 4.5 miles)
- Lifting, core work, PT and stretching
I’m learning that during this recovery phase, running on the treadmill is a good way to make sure I limit mileage. Whenever I get in the vicinity of Central Park the crazy runner in me takes over my legs and there’s just no control over how far I go. Sad but true!
I refueled with Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls, almond milk and berries
And decaf coffee
For about 15-25 minutes, I check email, blog and read blogs. Even though this downtime doesn’t last long, it helps to recharge my batteries and get me ready for a long, unpredictable day.
Even though I’ve been awake for almost four hours by the time I arrive at work, my morning routine helps me think through the day, get some stress out and work up some energy (endorphins!) that really helps my productivity and mood.
I know early mornings aren’t for everyone, but I think we all need some time during the day to decompress, focus and charge (or recharge!) our batteries. Mine just happens to be before the sun rises (but hopefully not for too much longer, when I will be greeted with this:)
Bliss. Happy Friday, all!
Question: When do you decompress? Do you make time to do it every day?