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Missed Yesterday, But I Refuse To Beat My Self Up - That Was The Old Me

Saturday, February 20, 2010

TGIF meant sadly that I didn't get 10 minutes in. I refuse to feel guilty though because I have many reasons whyI couldn't make it happen, and I don't feel like any of them are excuses. First and formost, as a long distance runner, and having done that for years, my body has become pretty hard wired to a schedule. Fridays have always been my full rest day. I fully intended to get up and walk on the treadmill. That would have been an easy workout. But I woke up in the middle of the night (thanks to my cat who decided to use my leg as a scratching post!) and I could not get back to sleep. This time around, I have decided to forgive myself ratjer than beat myself up, and forgiving myself yesterday includes remembering that when you start an exercise routine, sometimes sleep patterns get altered. I woke up at 2:30 and was wide awake for I think 30 to 45 minutes, which doesn't seem like alot to my sisters who do hours awake in the middle of the night. But come morning, I could not get out of bed to save my life, and barely made it to work on time. After work, I had so many errands to run (because I have put them off all week to get workouts in). But I have learned that missing one day isn't so bad if I get right back the next day. Today, after sleeping in to catch up, and after housework, I ran 45 minutes on the treadmill. And my big accomplishment was due to a Sparkpeople article I read. It was the article about cheating yourself at the gym. I own my treadmill, but I never run at elevations. Today as part of my run, rather than iincreasing the speed, I increased the elevation. Thanks Sparkpoeple for reminding me that there are so many alternatives, including small ones that make exercise better!
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