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.
January 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!
January 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!