Today it was difficult to get out there and run. I’m both exhausted and lazy… but these are the rewards I must remember when I find myself wanting to take a day off.
Firstly, I feel so much more energized. True, I was exhausted when I came home from work and almost passed out on the couch. True, the LAST thing in the universe I wanted to do was anything physical. But it is ALSO true that once you force your body into motion, you begin to realize that most of our day to day exhaustion is emotional or mental and not physical. I have more energy after having run 4 miles than if I had slept an hour. Go figure!
Secondly, I got some outdoor time. Most office jobs (or teaching jobs, for that matter) don’t allot for time outdoors. We spend most of our time breathing in the same stale air under artificial lighting. I’ve even had two jobs in which I worked in offices without windows! Can you imagine not getting a glimpse of sunlight for 8 hours of every day?!?!
After my run, I walked across the street to the beach and enjoyed this view. I saw a little girl chasing small water birds whose species I don’t know, a flock of prehistoric looking pelicans flying across the darkening sky and a sailboat with some very lucky passengers pass by close to shore. What could be better than that?