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!
How could I be a Debbie Downer running past a freakin’ zebra?!
And baby turtles?!
And prairie dogs?!
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!