…not from running, but I took a mental health day from school. Last week when things started to get ugghhh and I just couldn’t seem to bring the enthusiasm back up, I knew that a day off is what I needed. Intuitively, I planned for this when I knew March needed to be broken up. We get some 3 day weekends during Jan/Feb and then a 3 day weekend in March, then Spring Break first week in April. After all those breaks, March can be a BIT draining – and drained I was.
After such a grand weekend, Monday couldn’t have gotten any more relaxing and better. I woke up sans alarm clock !! Gosh, I do NOT remember the last time that was, considering when the weekend comes rolling around my alarm clock is set for my morning runs! Maybe winter break?? Ah. I did some work while awaiting Aron’s text to meet up for a nice recovery run. We had spoken about the Lafayette – Moraga trail and today seemed like a PERFECT fit, as we were BOTH taking off from work. Woot. My legs were feeling the 13 miles from yesterday – and I think I’ve pinpointed what was making my stomach cringe – coffee. Both runs, yesterday and today, I had coffee before leaving the house and I had the same little pains. Today’s weren’t as bad, but I am going to say it was the coffee (for now – could be the sun? dehydration? sigh…). Some runners can have coffee before a run as it “helps them out” or it doesn’t bother them…but I have never really had coffee before running, but you best be knowin’ that I have coffee after 🙂
- 6 mile, 10:01, 10:13 min/mile
It was really great to have someone to chat with! It made it fly by. Thanks again, Aron!
Back to my day off! I went grocery shopping and stuck to my list! Gasp, I know, Mom. I even added the chocolate chips to my list so I didn’t feel guilty haha. Woopsie. Got home, relaxed, made some sweet quinoa (literally sweet!), made an exam (i know i know, no school work! cranked it out under no pressure tho), showered, then consulted my to do list.
Now this isn’t just ANY to-do list. This is the master to-do list – 24 things to do during year 24. I got some funny looks when I talked about it on my birthday in August (Page, we have the same bday!). Why did I write this up? Well, during the school year, I would find myself in the same predicament…the weekend would come and I would WANT to do something, but didn’t know what/how/where etc. So, over the summer and written Aug 19th, I came up with a list of things to do during the year when I came across my predicament. These things range from simple yet satisfying, to larger undertakings…
For example: (larger undertakings)
- Run a half marathon
- Run a full marathon
- Finish diving Pacific coast highway (semi-complete…hoping to finish it if I do Seattle RnR..MICHAEL and DAVID, let’s see if this can work!)
- Go to a CAL bear’s homegame!
To simple undertakings
- Read more
- Get a pedicure
- Go for a walk/hike
- Sit at a bar and read
Sadly, I have misplaced my to-do list right after I wrote it – next year, I’ll add a “don’t lose this” at the end of my to-do list. But I still remember what I wrote. I usually resort to the simple activities, but I have yet to master the “go to a bar and read” one. So I did that today. I took a book that I am tearing through, partly because the owner considered it a bible and I don’t want to lose it, and second because it’s about running. I walked down the street, ordered myself a drink, and parked myself in the opened window seat for about 2 hours. Really relaxing…Now that I’ve done it, I have no qualms about going alone. Granted, I wasn’t sitting at the bar alone – I was basically outside in the sun.
Geez, sorry this was such a long post! Guess I do have a life when I am not teaching… do you have anything similar to a “to-do” list? a list of things that you always want to do and when you have the time, you’ll do?
If my memory serves me correct, I have almost done the things that I remember writing down. Maybe it is time to revisit and add on!