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a body in motion stays in motion,
a body at rest stays at rest

When you don’t run or bike for a while, it is very easy to just get into that pattern of, well, not doing anything physical. I can come up with a million little excuses why I won’t go running or biking. Too tired. Didn’t sleep well. Too hot out. Not enough time. It’s so easy to just give in to that mindset. And I’ve been running and biking for many years. But I still struggle with staying motivated. Unless I have a particular training goal, I am prone to lapse.

It is all too true that a body in motion stays in motion. And a body at rest stays at rest. Getting over that hump to get back into the regular routine becomes such a mind f*ck. And it makes getting back at it that much harder. But the body has cellular memory, and once you actually get off your lazy bum and set it in motion, it miraculously knows what to do. Your body will fight you, curse you, scream at you, but if you lovingly nudge it along, it will respond.

And it will thank you. It will be tired and sore for a few days, and you will struggle for at least a few weeks, but every time you get out there and DO SOMETHING, your body is reminded that it likes to be in motion. Even if you would rather be at rest.

So I’m in that struggle right now. Craig and I went on a 7-mile trail run over the weekend and it was brutal for me. So great to push my body again and do a higher mileage outing. I don’t regularly run trails, so the softer landings were quite forgiving for my weary frame. We ran the trails at a nearby public rec area, and it felt wonderful to be outside running around in the woods. Dodging roots and those pesky chipmunks and taking in the canopy of tall pine trees. It was very, very humid all weekend which made running that much more laborious. Lots of sweating, swatting at mosquitos, sucking wind. But I did it.

And I felt pretty good afterward.

We also went out on a semi-leisurely 16-mile bike ride this weekend on roads and trails. It was about the best I could do. I haven’t been on the bike nearly as much as I would like this season, and I paid for it. Had to come to an abrupt stop and couldn’t clip out in time. Down I went!

road rash

Just a tiny spot of road rash right below my knee. Certainly not Tour de France worthy.

The key to a successful bike ride is to make sure you’ve eaten well and are properly hydrated. I was neither, and it was pretty tough to keep at it. I felt better as time went on, and I was very thankful to have my camelbak so I could drink and drink and drink water. We brought a couple Clif Kids bars with us, and they were devoured. Biking uses a bevy of different leg muscles than running, and those poor leg muscles of mine were quite sleepy and confused when I asked them to wake up and perform.

I’m still sore. But I am psyched that I shattered my dormancy and got out there. In motion.

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    Thank you for sharing your experience. It was extremely motivating for me…Love to hear more about your adventures.

    Healthy Living

    Dr. “J”

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