Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Long Run
I woke up really early this morning and just knew I had to run -- even though it was dark, even though I had an 8:30 meeting, and even though I'd had 2 glasses of wine with dinner the night before.
The air felt right -- and the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet didn't lie.
It was the kind of morning where music wasn't even necessary, I just wanted to take in the sounds of my surroundings. To be honest, I started out thinking I'd just take a walk -- but that quickly gave way to a faster pace. By the time I smelled the school bus (and watched my neighbor lovingly hug and kiss his son goodbye for the day), I was back on my front steps, panting, stretching, and generally feeling like a superhero, having run 30 minutes on a whim.
It has been a long couple of weeks and the insanity doesn't end anytime soon -- in true Jessica fashion, I've bitten off more than I can chew... but also in true Jessica fashion, I find that these are the times when I perform the best. I was up at 5:45 AM this morning, on the pavement by 6:15, and by 7:45 I was out the door, having run 30 minutes+ walked 30, stretched, eaten a healthy breakfast, unloaded the dishwasher, packed a healthy lunch, prepped dinner... and left in a cute outfit with good hair.
(Never underestimate the power of good hair).
12 hours later, I'm quickly dashing off this post before jetting off to a photography class where I hope to get to actually take some pictures rather than just talk about it.
These few weeks are a Long Run of a very different kind -- nonetheless, all the same tools are required to prepare for sanity & success.
Adequate sleep, hydration, and fuel. A positive attitude. Focus, dedication, determination, and an eye on the prize.
Tomorrow? A day of meetings (two of them off-site), the kick off of a very exciting freelance project, and dinner with my family...
...and then, sleep, blessed sleep.
Off and running,