Off my routine

It happens to all of us. Our schedules get out-of-sync and before you can blink, you’ve missed a week of working out. Maybe it’s because you are on vacation. Or you’ve come down with the flu. Sometimes it’s an injury. But, usually, it’s because the honeymoon is over. The excitement you felt for a new activity has waned a bit. Considering how hot this summer has been, the weather certainly has had an effect on many outdoor activities.

I spent most of the past week caring for my DH after he had some problems due to hypertension. Sitting up all night in the hospital is not good for one’s body but it had to be done. He is doing just fine now, but I have not returned to my routine yet. I did manage to get in a good 5 mile run last Saturday morning (it felt great to be outdoors) but had to be flexible with the rest of my time. We did take a few walks this week and I made it to Zumba last night. A little yoga and some weights rounded out the week.

While most people would be happy with what I did this week, I know it falls short of my training schedule. But, these things happen. I am not going to worry about trying ‘to make it up’. That is a sure way to get injured, been there, done that. I will total up the miles I completed and focus on making next week better. So, what would I suggest when life gets in the way? Here are some easy tips to keep moving, even a little…

1. Take some extra time and stretch before you get out of bed.
2. Walk as much as you can, including the stairs.
3. Use the internet for quickie routines from various instructors
4. Get out in the fresh air, and breathe deep
5. Don’t worry about it, count it as a rest day.


10 things I love about summer!

Summer has arrived and it is my favorite time of year! Even though it seems that we only have three seasons here in the midwest (icy winter, wet spring, super hot summer), this week has had the best weather so far. I enjoy the laid-back feel even though I still have to work. So, here are my favorite things about summer:

1. Free vitamin D – during my long runs I’m sure I get enough for the rest of the week.

2. Farmer’s market time. I discovered this last year and love to shop for really fresh fruits and veggies and try new recipes.

3. Wearing white – it just feels lighter and fresher, but I must be very careful at Starbucks :-).

4. Flowers in bloom.

5. Planting my own little garden. I do container gardening, just some tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

6. Lighter eating, simpler meals.

7. Waking up with the sun. Gets me before the alarm goes off.

8. Sitting outside to read and pray in the quiet of the morning.

9. No school bus traffic.

10.  Amusement parks – I love roller coasters!

So, what do you like about these warm, sunny , sometimes stormy months? Share your favorite activities.