Thursday, July 12, 2012

The power of a run

Two days ago I wrote about scheduling work outs. Today I'm writing about doing what feels right. Oops?

I had a really rough second half of my work day, complete with computer failures, a miserable commute (stuck waiting for a subway for 15 minutes at the Times Square platform in 85+ degree heat), and then my dog was a huge pain while I tried to walk him. I called my mom to catch up and ended up just wanting to snap at her over everything. Clearly, I wasn't in the best mood.

I had postponed my morning strength work out to the evening so that I could fit in an extra hour and a half of sleep after an evening event last night ran much later than expected. I'm glad I did, since the sleep was needed, but I am equally glad that instead of doing a strength work out, I did what felt right: I ran.

After a rough day when all you think you want to do is curl up in bed, sometimes getting outside and doing something physical can make all the difference in the world. I ran a loop around the Reservoir as the sun was setting and saw something along the lines of this:

How could I stay in a bad mood when I was seeing this?

I'm so glad that I listened to what I felt like I needed physically (as opposed to mentally -- my brain just wanted chocolate). My run totally turned my day around.

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