Wednesday, June 10, 2009


As I sit here eating my lunch (Amy's Indian Palak Paneer and an ice cold Diet Pepsi) (yeah, I started drinking them again), I'm feeling really at peace. Both kids are at Sunsplash (a water park) with friends, and won't be home for a couple of hours. During this time I'll plan tonight's workouts (I train clients on Wednesday evenings), do a little garden maintenance, fold some laundry, and just enjoy being at home. As I normally run on adrenalin and caffeine, and try to get as much done as humanly possible, "peaceful" is not my normal state of mind. But I'm really digging it.

Hey guess what? When you run more and clean up your diet, your waist comes back! In case you thought that increased exercise and decreased food doesn't work, I'm here to tell you that it does.

But getting back into running hasn't been easy. It's humbling to feel spent after a run that a few months ago would have been a piece of cake. Yesterday I ran while Austin was at boxing camp. I was tired. It was warm and windy. And boxing is in an industrial area that is less than scenic, with warehouses galore. But yesterday was so fragmented that if I didn't run then, I couldn't run at all. So I ran. Not every run has to be glorious. (Goodness sakes -- if that were a requirement I would have stopped running decades ago!)

Time to head out into the garden...


Eileen said...

OMG....I totally know what you mean about doing as much as humanly possible.

I really, really miss the times at home alone. Just a little of that, in regular doses, is something I really enjoy.

I hope it's been a good day for you!

Colette said...

Ladies, I have that a lot these days and let me tell you...I don't care for it much. I miss those busy days filled with running around for kids. Call me crazy, but I do ;)

Leslie, I am happy that you are at peace, and I hope more of those days are ahead for you. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

OOOh! Take total advantage. Those peaceful days are hard to come by. Great job on the run even though it wasn't in the prettiest of places!

Irene said...

I love that peaceful feeling when it happens. Enjoy your day!

Brit-Man said...

It's understandable you found it hard, trying to run in the heat. Especially when you last did it seriously, it could have been as much as 5-8 degrees lower, which would have to be a bit of a shock to the system some what :-p :-p.

However I'm glad that things are in a good place for you, and that you are doing okay.

Keep smiling, and keep you chin up misses. I appreciate it's not always been easy as late, but you should be so proud of how you've come through and been strong and you always prove to be a true beacon of light and sunshine.

Take care and best wishes.

:-) :-).


Stacey said...

it is humbling when you can't run like you once did. running is a sport that ebbs and flows depending where you are physically. it's not possible to maintain peak levels for indeterminate periods of time. we all have to start back at the beginning at one point or another.

the trick is realizing how fortunate we are, and what a privilege it is, to be able to run.

we never know how our body will respond after each sabbatical. it makes things very interesting!

welcome back!