I love heat. When I am chilly, which is often the case when I’m at work, I love a hot drink or a heating pad from our spa area. It’s a great sensation to go from cold to warm, something in the back of my head tingles when it happens. I will also take running on a hot day over running on a cold day anytime, as there is nothing worse than getting up early only to freeze your tushy off. I thought this statement might be appropriate since it feels well over 100 degrees outside today, and only I would be really excited about that. I was so cold in my office this morning that I bought a hot decaf coffee and sat in the midday sun for about 10 minutes… it was pure heaven.
Speaking of running, I went on a 4 miler this morning with Brandi and Vero around Avondale Park through our special alley route. Vero likes to call this “freestyling,” as we don’t have specific directions as we go along. It’s a lot of fun actually, except for the fact that it has more inclines than our other runs. Luckily Brandi was the one with all of the stories to tell this morning, so I got to breathe as needed for the extra challenge. While I’m still not up to par with them fitness-wise, I am feeling pretty good with my ease to run 4-5 miles as I’d like. My knee has also been doing really well… no irritation or ghost pains to worry about. That is great news for when I do decide to up my weekly mileage again.
I love that Brandi and Vero both have other exercises that they do to work on core strength and over all fitness. Vero usually spends 10-15 minutes each morning before we even arrive doing sit-ups, planks and lunges. Brandi alternates her fitness routine with running and yoga, which makes her super strong and lean. I’ve been considering for a while adding something new to my regimen, but haven’t quite had the motivation to do so until now. I still don’t plan on participating in any races in the near future… though I might consider Race for the Cure in October and the Vulcan Run (10k) in November since those are distances I do on a regular basis anyway. I guess if I want to do bigger races in 2012 like another Half Ironman or marathon/half marathon, I will need to start planning and training by the end of the year. We will see! It’s kind of fun to just do what I want, when I want. Especially since I am an active person anyway.
Do you love to dance? For some it is a little like public speaking… it can arouse some serious insecurities in even the most confident. I am really, really glad that I learned to love dancing, as it’s one of the only things I can do where I completely lose myself awareness. I can’t sing, I can’t act, and I can get some jitters before talking in front of a crowd – but you bet your bottom that I will bust a move like a fool when the time is right. I wish I could do that in other areas of life instead of being so self-contained. Something to think about.