Up and Out

This morning was awesome.  Seriously awesome.

I never thought I would ever say that about getting up at the crack of dawn and working out, but I’m saying it now.  Awesome.  Sometimes everything just falls into place for me, and this morning it absolutely did.

I got to bed last night at a decent time, got a full night’s sleep, and woke up when my alarm went off at 5:45am.  Most of the time this is the hard part for me.  I hit snooze and linger in bed for awhile, napping on and off until I have to will myself to get out of bed.  This morning I got up, got my running shoes, drank a sugar-free energy booster, and out I went.  Still dark out, a little cooler than usual, but I was feeling good.

The plan was to finish a 6 km walk (but with a little hustle).  I was doing fine, but about 30 minutes in my stomach started rebelling against the energy booster.  I think the only change I would make there is to have something to eat when I drink the energy booster.  I think it would have kept my stomach from feeling like it was eating itself.

Forty-five minutes in and I’m cruising along, but my hips were killing me.  It’s never my legs, it’s always my hips.  That familiar ache screaming at me to stop, rest, or at the very least slow down.  “We can’t do this, you’re going too fast, trying too hard, please I’m begging you to stop.  No one will ever know.  It will be our little secret”.

Then, like a gift from the music gods, the familiar strains of “Suit and Tie” start up.  Suddenly Justin Timberlake is slapping me on the ass and whispering in my ear “go girl, you got this”.  And I totally did.  I’m walking, I’m singing, people are looking at me like I’m crazy, and I don’t even care.  I am crazy, and proud of it.  If crazy is the only thing that’s going to get me healthy, then I’m all in.  I just kept walking, and soon there was no more pain.

Walking back up to the apartment door this morning after killing 6 km was one of the proudest moments for me, I just had to write about it.  I feel calm and cool, my head is clear and I’m ready to take on the day.  And I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow.  🙂

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