My body was aching, my mind was grumbling and I was struggling to find a happy place.
The weather was not much of a motivator for me with its gray sky and rain. Everything, including myself felt washed up and drab.
I know I am struggling when I can't even get a full cup of coffee down.
Putting one foot in front of another, I went through my Thursday routine. No Danielle, no running and with the rain, no biking. I felt off balance.
Trying desperately to keep some momentum going, I put some music in my ears and began washing floors.
Time went by until it was time to go to Maw Maw Smiths house to clean. I was still dragging at a turtles pace.
I have been taking my thyroid medicine very routinely, however, I believe my tired day is still a result of my thyroid condition.
I had to get to the gym. I needed to go no matter how cruddy I felt. After cleaning I headed to the gym.
You have 2 ways of thinking:
- You can cave into the feeling of being defeated and throw the towel in.
- You can convince yourself there is NO other Option but to do what has to be done.
My Gym Workout:
- Roll and stretch-10 minutes
- Elliptical thingy-10 minutes
- Roll and stretch-5 minutes
- Balancing leg exercises-10 minutes
- A different Elliptical thingy-25 minutes
- Abs-5 minutes
- Treadmill-1 mile-8:36
- ICE/Cold Plunge-15 minutes
The more sweat accumulated, the more I was feeling my frown turning upside down. It was like the sweat was carrying my bad attitude, my exhaustion, my sadness and all the other funk I was riddled with.
Today, was a reminder the importance of releasing Serotonin. Many people are depressed and have days strung together with sadness. Seratonin is a chemical that is released with exercise. This chemical when released helps enhance your mood. (click the link to read more)
|Yesterdays 11 mile bike ride.|
I told Clint I will grit it out, I just wanted to RUN. It wasn't long after that he was taking his elbow and raking it down my ITBand, like a meat tenderizer. I have some beautiful bruises to show the seriousness of me just wanting to run from that treatment.
I got out my favorite running bible: The Runners World BIG Book of Marathon and Half Marathon TRAINING to read up Again on ITBand Friction. There was actually blurb that Clint Verran shares on this!
For right now I am not able to run at the speed or the distance that I would like. I try to Focus on my Abilities rather than my Limitations. This really helps me stay positive and gives me not only hope but also gratitude in my brokenness.
Looks Innocent enough...Until I saw a branch a couple feet away stick
its TONGUE out at me! It was a big old black snake. I can not imagine IT was more afraid than I was!
Anyone out there struggling with ITBand issues?? I would love to hear some encouragement!