Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Happens When I Don't Run

I took six days off. Six. This is coming from someone who at the most, takes two days off a running each week. The first off day was planned, the second off day was ok because I was really busy and there was humanly no way to run that day. The next day was off because we were busy and the next three days were off because I had to take them off for a test I had to have.

I ran four miles this morning before work and it felt great!

Knowing I was going to have to miss a few days of running (not six), made me pay attention to how I feel when I don't run. These are the main things I noticed:

  • I have way less energy. I'm a pretty energetic person, but after about three days of no running, my energy was zapped. I can typically get up at 6 am and go full steam all day without a problem, but I found myself reaching for the coffee more than once these past few days.
  • I don't want to snack. Yes, I know that should be a good thing, but I like snacks (mostly healthy) and during a period in which I'd typically run 20-25 miles and a race, I did nothing. And I didn't want snacks.
  • I don't feel as productive. I think this goes hand-in-hand with the less energy thing. When I'm exercising daily (or near daily), I'm so much more productive. I don't feel like I've been very productive the last few days.
  • I feel "foggy." Foggy is the best word I can think of to describe what I'm trying to say. When I don't run for several days, I don't feel as sharp and on top of things as I do typically.
  • I reach for more unhealthy things. I eat pretty healthy for the most part, but over these six days of not running, my body wasn't craving fruits and vegetables like it normally does. I wanted cookies, chips, and fries. Not good.
I say all that to say these few things: If you don't run/walk/jog or engage in some kind of daily (at least 5x a week) exercise, start doing it! When I exercise, I'm energetic, productive, and sharp, and my body craves healthy things. Exercise is not something you do to look good (that's a bonus, but it's not the reason); it's something you do because you want to be your best self. I'm not my best self when I'm groggy and wanting to eat a million of those little butterscotch cookies my husband introduced me to. I'm my best self when I'm sweating, releasing endorphins, and making sure I carve out the time that's needed to run and exercise. Just try it for a few days and see how great you feel!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Whole Years

I can't believe that today marks two years since I walked down the aisle to marry my best friend! Each day is a blessing and I'm so thankful to spend my life with Kevin!

I'll save the sappy things for the card, but Happy Anniversary, Kevin! The past two years have been the best of my life. I'm so thankful that I get to be your wife each day and share my life with you. You are more than I ever hoped or dreamed for in a husband and I'm so glad to call you mine. I can't wait to see what this next year has in store.

I love you with all of me!