Running on Empty

Dark mornings. Crazy work days. Night-time meetings and obligations. There’s a shift that happens at this time of year that requires a shift in the old exercise routine too. And shifts can be tough.

As a result, I haven’t done any exercise since Monday night, when I went running after work and then to a personal training session. I have no excuse for not doing ANYTHING. I can do resistance training at home. I can put my bike on the trainer and cycle my little heart out in the dark, in the cold…in the comfort of my living room. I can do jumping jacks or go out on the back deck and jump rope. But what I’ve wanted to do is run. Outside. In the bright sunshine and crisp weather.

I plan to go running tonight after work tonight provided I escape my cubicle before it gets too dark. However, I am not a huge fan of running after work. Remember last week when I was rejoicing that my morning runs felt strong and amazing because of the crisp weather?

Well as good as those felt is as tough as it feels to run after a full day of stress and food (even healthy food). Monday night when I ran after work— and I looked forward to it all day and had pizza to look forward to when I finished— I felt like I was wearing 25-lb. weights on each leg. The weather was humid and iffy that night with storms coming in, so I cut my run short to beat the rain. And I knew I had a training class later for which I wanted some energy.

Tonight, I expect my run to tough as well. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I’ve had so much going on these days though, I don’t feel like I have a whole lot to give to exercise at the end of the day, which is why I like to go in the morning. However, I know it’s something I need to do. Because while I might not have a whole lot to give to the road after a long workday, by getting out there anyway, that run (and I never thought I would be saying this), no matter how slow or difficult it is, gives me the release and energy I need to get up and do it all again the next day.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Fran on October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I’m not a fan of getting up early, I get up at 6 am which I think is pretty early. So on working days I run after work. I quit a bit early, drive home, put on my running clothes and shoes immediately and go, before I can change my mind.

    My work is extremely busy right now too, also always this time of year. Wednesday I was tired of working but still went running and felt great afterwards.

    So how did your run go yesterday? Better than Monday?

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  2. I can totally relate, not sure what it is but I’ve found it nearly impossible to get my schedule in order and get into a groove.

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  3. Such a tough thing – choosing between early (dark) morning or the dreaded after-work (also dark) schedule (w/ NO energy left to give)… and a cubicle does nothing for motivation, right???

    Hang in there, friend… sending good vibes from Orlando. 🙂

    robin

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