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Strategy for January:   Impromptu

If I learned anything at all about training and running the NYC marathon – I could sum it up as an adventure in discipline.   But now — 2 months after running the 5 boroughs of NY – I’m ready to balance that discipline with something else.  A new strategy – at least for the next 30 days.  Impromptu.   Now, it might not sound like much of a running or exercise strategy – but it resonated for me.  Less planning, more in-the-moment, winging-it, dance in it type of theme.  Finding new ways to keep the flames hopping in my metabolism fire-pit.  So – let’s see what this looks like so far:

January 1 – New Year’s Day:   No running, no exercise, Nada.  I admit – I was a bit nervous not starting out the new year with some round of intense exercise.   At first I thought this might not be the best way to start out a new year.   But then re-framed that thought around the theme of re-balancing and impromptu.  Rest is good.   Rest is healthful.  Rest is part of training.   I’m deciding in the moment – that today I will rest fully – and without guilt.   And I did.

20150102_095154January 2 – Noticed a detour during a Tundra Bike workout – and decided it was worthy to explore.  It was an abandoned airplane landing strip for the locals.   Maybe not, but that’s my story.  It’s a long wide road, never noticed before, and next to the BWI airport with lots of room for airplanes.   Sounds like a landing strip right?   And – why else would it be called Park and Fly?   Explored this runway via bikes before discovering a new variation (steeper and longer) to tundra biking and the workout ramped up a few more notches!   Sweet!    Later in the day dusted off my tennis racket for an hour of singles.   My mind was sure this would not be a good activity (will get injured) – but I went with the spontaneous, and even opted for running shoes over tennis shoes!   Invigorating!

January 3 – Rain predicted solid for the next 48 hours.   But wait – there is a tiny window before the torrential rains appear.   Got in a 7 mile run — 3 of it dry, the last 4 a bit of a downpour – but hey it was all in the moment.   A post run hot cup of tea never tasted so good!   All of this followed by an afternoon filled with art.   Pottery painting!   And for some odd reason I winged out a detailed design that put me into art-la-la-land for the remainder of the afternoon.   All in the moment.

January 4 – Another unlikely day for outdoor activity due to the rain – but decided last minute to join a friend for whatever exercise would appear.   Why not just carry an umbrella and carry on?  Equipped with umbrella’s  – the rains stopped just long enough for us to run 6 miles.   Note to self – when you run carrying any umbrella anything can happen — such as the rain stops momentarily!

jumping-rope_0005January 5 – Cold air and lots of northerly winds made it hard to motivate myself to run outdoors.   Maybe outdoor running just isn’t in the cards today.   Maybe that’s just fine?  So – what could happen instead?   A robust 1 hour aqua running workout sounded appealing – so I ran indoors — in the pool.   By mid-afternoon with my work projects complete, I found myself longing for some outdoor time.  Hmmm.  Opted for 35 minutes of jump-roping that began in my driveway – and morphed into a street-jog-jump-rope opportunity – including climbing a few neighborhood hills.   No problem staying warm in the cold temps via jump roping!   And to complete the picture I added a bit of strength training as a cool-down activity.  Moved 5 wheelbarrow’s of wood from the wood piles…closer to home.   Ready for the incoming polar vortex and my outdoor exercise fix is complete!