I took four days off last week from working out because of a pulled groin (at least that was my layman’s diagnosis).
Most people would cherish four days off from working out but, especially with our 50k training schedule, I felt lazy and, dare I say, even guilty.
I feel like that if I am not busy doing something 24/7.
I have a hard time sitting still and relaxing. And when I do sit down to watch tv or just veg, it feels more like scheduled time than just “freeplay.” Or I am multitasking at the same time.
I know, crazy, right?
Sure, I know it’s not healthy to never rest, either physically or mentally.
I’ve tried yoga to relax. I fell asleep once during the deep breathing exercises (after the instructor specifically told us not to fall asleep, mind you).
I’ve tried meditation. My mind will not shut down. Don’t think, don’t think, just be. What time is it anyway? Shouldn’t my timer have gone off by now? Did I shut the garage door? How long is this freaking timed meditation anyway?
My mind does not like to be still.
My body does not like to sit still.
So, today on my birthday, I am taking the day off to treat myself to something I rarely do, but really enjoy.
Funny birthday card from my friend & running buddy, "Crazy Amy"
After my rolfing session, I am spending the afternoon at Barnes & Noble to browse books, enjoy a cappucino, and curl up with a good book and my journal to read, reflect on the past year, and plan for 2018.
Maybe regularly scheduled quiet reflection time will be my New Year’s Resolution.
I probably need to get through my 50K in February first, however!
Kristen “Can’t Sit Still” Marks
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