this is a week about sharing things related to my birthday. i’m not fishing for compliments, but really, all my thoughts, feelings and doings have been somehow related to the anniversary of my birth.
my entire day yesterday was dedicated to celebrating me. i took the day off from work (one of the best gifts i could give myself) and spent the day doing whatever i wanted to. when is the last time you’ve given yourself that freedom? it was fabulous, let me tell you.
i started the day by dropping moose off at daycare for a belated valentine’s day party (oh yes, doggie day care goes all out) and then headed promptly to the gym. i put on my fancy, bright new running shoes (see below) and pounded out 4 miles of interval work in 35 minutes (reached my best interval pace so far, too)! i was feeling pretty
|new mizunos! hot colors for hot feet!|
after running, i happened to walk by a zumba class that was just about to start. so i said, “what the hell, i love to zumba!” and decided to join. myself, along with 4 women in their 60’s+ shaked and stepped along to beats for a good hour. that was workout #2 for me and it felt amazing.
later in the afternoon, i had a spa appointment. brandon got me a gift card for my birthday, so i indulged in a mineral soak and an energy healing massage. during the mineral soak, i tried to meditate on positive affirmations (you is smart, you is kind, you is important). the energy healing massage was sooo nice, and my body did feel rebalanced afterward (which surprised me). the spa gave me a 10% discount for my birthday (score!) and i left feeling very refreshed.
after picking moose up from her party (see below for the valentine she made), i got the sudden desire to go for another run. but it was a true michigan blizzard out; sideways snow, bitter cold and insane wind. i tried to table the thought, thinking to myself that i already worked out and could just relax for the evening. when i got home and mentioned the idea of a run to brandon, he didn’t hesitate to say “yes!” so we geared up and went for a 3 miler out in the blizzard. not the smartest idea to battle freezing cold temps and wind (holy crap did i feel that wind), but man did it feel good to run.
|valentine from my sweet pup|
yesterday was one of those days where i just wanted to run. my body felt good. it wanted the run. i wanted the run. i just didn’t want to stop. i thought about the last time i felt this way. it had to have been years ago, pre-running injuries and pre-depression drop. it occurred to me that i am now the strongest i have ever been, in terms of running health and physical condition. i have busted my ass over the past year to make my body strong so that i can run injury free and yesterday, i felt it. my body felt strong and ready to run. my body was telling me it was ready to run.
birthdays come and go and we take with them many memories. i’ll take the seven miles i put in yesterday and carry that good feeling with me for the rest of the week, and certainly the next time i need a reminder of why I love to run.
have you ever taken a day off just for you? what have you done with your time?
when is the last time you’ve had a day when your body just wants to run? do you go with the flow, or cap it off because of life obligations or other things?