Monday, February 22, 2010

Get up

You know that feeling you get when you exercise?  Especially when you don’t feel like exercising, but you go and do it anyway? 

I had that experience yesterday.  After church, Kathy and I ate lunch on the couch while watching the Winter Olympics.  Then we started to doze.  I napped on and off for an hour.

Finally, I managed to wake up, but didn’t feel like leaving the warmth and comfort of the couch.  Wresting myself from its confines, I forced my body and mind to go change and head over to the gym.  March 22nd I will be running an 8k race in Chicago and I need to get miles in so I don’t die. 

Once I got over to the gym, I walked a warm up lap and then started my run.  I decided to start slow and work on negative splits, picking up to a fast pace by the end. 


After I finished, I felt great.  The overall average pace was 8:44/mile, but by the end I was in the low 8s, which is exactly what I wanted.  Endorphins pulsed through my body.

I was glad I made myself go and run.

I’m finding the same thing happening with work at home.  We have quite a few projects going on right now, trying to get ready for the baby coming in July.  For the last couple of weeks, I have been putting things off and feeling bad about it.  Wishing I had more time to relax and do the projects. 

This weekend we got quite a bit of work done around the house.  And as I was crawling into bed at the end of the weekend, I felt better about my project list than I have in some time. 

Relaxing is good; getting up and doing things is even better.

P.S. It doesn’t help that we watch a couple hours of Winter Olympics every night.  They’ll be over soon, right?

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