I ran in a fundraising 5K here over the weekend. It was the first time in probably a month that I had gotten an outdoor run in early in the day. After the race I had a busy day, so I mentally planned the day out while I was on my way to get the kiddos from my DH.
The kids and I came home so that I could get cleaned up and then out we went…Subway for lunch and then groceries. Back home to prep dinner for that evening, when we had friends and 3 kiddos join us for a fun night. All day I was bopping around getting the house picked up and the food ready.
About 5 pm I sat down to just chill for about 30 minutes before the hubby got home and the evening started up again. In those 30 minutes I thought about how great I had felt ALL day. I had lots of energy…I got a lot accomplished.
Then I remembered the last time I had really felt great all day…it was about a month earlier when I was in California. I had taken a 4 mile run outside on a beautiful day. The rest of the day I was energized and happy.
Perhaps there is something to this! I decided that I would begin an experiment of sorts. One of the things I want to do is get myself to the point that I can RUN a 5K. By that I mean RUN the entire time…no walking recovery breaks. So, I got the Couch to 5K (C25K) information out and set a plan. I will get up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and do a C25K workout. We will see if those early morning workouts help to keep me energized throughout the day.
It’s funny how easy we forget really. I have forgotten how good, healthy food and exercise really make me feel so much better. I feel strong, fit and empowered. When I eat junk and don’t exercise enough I feel horrible and my mood takes a nose-dive.
Today I did day 1 of week 2 for C25K. I am skipping week 1 as I felt like I was capable of skipping that one. I am running faster during the running times than I normally would run. I am hopeful that I can train my mind and body to be able to run faster for a longer amount of time.
When you’re feeling down look back to the times you felt better and evaluate how you can make changes TODAY to get those great feelings back.