102 was a crazy training day. Actually, that number did not just correspond to the days left until the half-marathon, it also fit the heat index for the day. It was an off-day for my boys from cross-country practice and so we decided to head to the park for a workout.
This is where all sanity had left the building. What on earth made me think it was a good idea to do a three mile workout at 2pm on one of the hottest days of July so far? It was a struggle to say the least. Thank goodness for the voice of my mentor Jeff Galloway telling me I could do it when every part of me said STOP NOW. I did have a lot of water and had hydrated well before we left, but that was the roughest workout I have had in over a year.
Even my two well-conditioned boys Connor and Reed could go no further than four miles. It was beastly hot. We left the park and made a bee-line for the nearest convenience store for some Powerade Zero.
I realized on the ride home one ore thing I love about working out. I LOVE the bright red glow my cheeks get, and keep, for a few hours after a good shuffle. I was completely spent, but on the ride home from the park, every time I looked into the mirror, those rosy cheeks were a reminder of my hard work and how good it felt to have accomplished Week 4 Day 1 of my 13.1 program.
I think it is more than the rosy cheeks. it is also the rush of adrenaline and endorphin’s that come along with them. The sweat, the cheeks, the endorphin’s, and the tiredness…..they all remind me of what is good about exercise. They remind me of what I strive to help my Fit and Flourishing clients achieve.
I am so glad to be back in a relationship with all four after our little breakup. This time, I want it to last forever!