The Power of Positive Thinking…and Zoos.

To avoid the downer attitude I had last Tuesday, I woke up for yesterday morning’s run and made a conscience effort to be more positive.

Yes, getting up early and running in humidity really sucks.

Yes, I would rather sleep the extra 90 minutes.

But, I made a commitment and dammit, I’m sticking to it.

After altering my attitude, I ate a few homemade protein balls, downed some water, and mapped a new 5-mile course in hopes it would keep me from getting bored and unmotivated. It worked.

Instead of running downtown, I ran uptown. Obviously, I’m a glutton for punishment because the first two miles were uphill.  The bright side? Those 2 miles would be downhill on my return home!

My course took me to the National Zoo. I didn’t know that the grounds opened at 6 a.m. during the summer, so I actually ran 1.5 miles through the zoo! To be there that early, with no tourists or crowds, was incredible!

The entrance to the National Zoo at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday. No people, no crowds.

The entrance to the National Zoo at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday. No people, no crowds.

How could I be a Debbie Downer running past a freakin’ zebra?!

Sorry to disturb your breakfast time, Mr. Stripes!

Sorry to disturb your breakfast time, Mr. Stripes!

And baby turtles?!

This pond had lots of baby turtles and one pair of ducks paddling around.

Baby turtle alert!

And prairie dogs?!

Oh! Hello!

Oh! Hello!

It was evident that making a few changes in my routine was all I needed to stay focused. The zoo critters were my cheerleaders. Running didn’t feel like a chore anymore.

Per my Tuesday fitness routine, after work I headed to barre class (my third in three days) and killed it with scoops. A scoop is an ab exercise; it allows you to access your transverse abdominis, a deep muscle group often hard to target. After three days of barre workouts and scoops, I’m definitely feeling it today (in a good way).

The power of positive thinking realigned me and has carried over into today. Let’s see how long I can keep this going!

 

 

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