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Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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Falling off the Exercise Endorphin Bus

kitten yawning

How I was feeling today

Yesterday was an awesome day.  It all started at 5AM (not so awesome) when I got up in order to make it to the 6AM Swim Fit class at the pool.  The instructor, just some former competitive level swimming athlete, holds these classes twice per week.  Needless to say, her workouts are not for the faint of heart, although my heart feels a little faint at the end of each session.

Prior to this workout, I indulge in an instant ice coffee mix made by that famous coffee place that originated in Seattle (at this hour of the morning, everything needs to be instant or it just isn’t going to happen).  I know it’s an ice coffee mix, but I break the rules and add hot water and a bunch of half and half/creamo.  It is the sweetest, dreamiest coffee you can have.  If you like sweet coffee, you might like this, it is so good!  There is nothing like a little (maybe a lot of) sugar and caffeine to get you going first thing in the morning. 

Here’s a formula to summarize things:  sugar + caffeine + swim workout = feeling pretty darn good.  I just love caffeine and exercise induced endorphins (likely released to mask the stress I’ve just put myself through – I’ll have to Google that and see if it’s true). 

The only downside was that I was so hungry after the workout I felt like I could eat my body weight in food and had my entire lunch eaten by 10AM.  Recall my lunches are not small – they take 15 minutes to make.  I scrounged and ate every protein and granola bar I had hidden in my desk and purse.  That got me to 11AM.  I had to buy more food. 

Regardless of the issues with relentless hunger, I was in a completely stellar mood all day.  What could possibly make things even better?  A run of course!  I wasn’t going to run but I just couldn’t waste how good I was feeling or how beautiful the weather had turned and besides, Kobi loves to run too. 

After the run, I was still on an absolute happy high and completed more chores in 1.5 hours than I can usually pull off in an entire day.  To top things off, I even had time to make it to the power flow yoga class.  I like to mix power yoga up with my weight workouts so yoga it was and Rushfit will have to wait another day (sorry GSP – I still love you). 

The yoga class was awesome like always, but hard (I only nearly dislocated my shoulder once).  I haven’t been to yoga in weeks and my inflexible hips (from running) and tight upper back (from swimming) make it more difficult (in my head anyway).  

All in all, yesterday was a pretty amazing day.  Today on the other hand, was not so great.  It was either because I was doing housework related chores all day, or that I was having an exercise endorphin hangover, or I was just completely exhausted.  I honestly think it was a hangover, although housework can suck all the fun out of any day. 

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Maple Syrup and Caffeine

Dog and shadow

Our morning run

Sometimes when I’m running I think about what I want to write about (I like to think I’m profound and insightful), but this doesn’t really work as I can never predict what is going to happen during any particular run.

Today I was bit rushed to get my run completed and make it to a few appointments on time.  I didn’t see the bear I usually see within the first five minutes of my run so my thoughts started wandering (oh, I’ve affectionately named him Hugo).  Bear in mind (pardon the pun) that I was a bit caffeinated so my thoughts were moving quite quickly and quite randomly.  This is just a bit of where my brain was going during my short run this morning:

  • Why did I pick Hugo as a name?  Why would I name a wild animal in the first place?
  • Why do I name things that don’t need names?  Like the spider in the basement bathroom (Sid) and the 5 turkeys we had a few years back.  It’s a mistake to name an animal you intend to eat.
  • How can people run outside with headphones on?  I could never do that.  How would I hear if Hugo was around?
  • People, “young” ones especially, are way too connected to their smart phones and are likely losing their social skills.
  • Where’s Kobi?
  • When is this hill ever going to end!
  • My shadow and Kobi running looks cool, I should take a picture.
  • What time is it?
  • Full fat, sugar and sunshine are good for you.
  • Maple syrup.
  • I love maple syrup.
  • Hmmm, what am I going to eat today?
  • Can my brain ever shut up and I just run without all this chatter?
  • Why can’t I accomplish what Dan Millman writes about in his book Mind Body Mastery?  I just read this book, I need to read it again.
  • Where’s Hugo?

I think you get the picture.  Okay, so for tomorrow’s long run, I’m going to work on keeping the chatter down and trying to remain in the moment.  It will likely be exhausting.