Similar to most mornings, I found myself running around our home gathering my things for work (bag – check, lunch – check, snacks – check, water – check, keys – check, and most importantly coffee- check). Within 5 minutes I am saying my good byes’, dashing out of the door and on the road to work. Upon reaching my car I finally bask in the moment by taking a deep breath and a sip of coffee, awe the glory (this is the only calm part of my day). Like most working moms, my mornings are filled with stuff surrounding my daughter (it’s always a battle to get her dressed, change her diaper, feed her, and leave the house). Nothing is easy (which I secretly enjoy). I try my hardest to wake up at 5am for a morning run (I am not always successful). I hate the getting out of bed part but I love running the quite streets of Louisville and watching the sun rise. It’s very peaceful. I love listening to the birds chirp as I run through the stillness of the morning. I was sad I missed my morning date (but such is life with a kid).
I am fortuned enough to work near a park and receive an hour lunch break (thank God). I packed my running shoes and hit the park today. Instead of running the loop I opted for the trails. This was my second encounter with them and I am falling in love. I would normally not use the word fun and running in conjunction but trail running is fun. It’s so much fun in fact, I completely forget I am running. The act of trail running requires a great deal of attention which distracts from the physical excretion. I ran over roots, climbed muddy hills, dodged tree limbs, scramble around debris, ran across a small creek, and listened to the sounds of animals moving about as I ran by. It was just what I needed after a hectic morning followed by a stressful day at the office. The sun felt incredible against my skin (I wanted to take in as much vitamin D as possible). I often think about living in the days before cars, office jobs, electricity, computers, phones and name brand things, when I am running. At times I wish I lived during those eras. Things were simple yet challenging without unnecessary burdens (such as text messaging). I wish I could be outside all day every day; exploring and experiencing what our planet has to offer (these are the weird thoughts my mind drifts off too). When my body finally stopped I was renewed. All was fine in my world. I could return to work ready to take on any challenge. I just need a date with my running shoes and time alone with my thoughts.
If you have time take a break and run.
4 mile trail at base pace
2 mile recovery run (later in day)
1 set each
Lying Hip Abd (10 each side)
Cook Hip Lift (10 each side)
Kneeling Overhead Draw-In (5)
Knee Fall-Out (10)
Squat Jump (12)