I had forgotten about the post-work run. It’s been over a year since I have had to run after an eight hour work day, and let me tell you, it’s a very different experience. For one thing, the post work run happens after WORK. Like, thinking, mind-involved, tiring work. So in order to actually do the post-work run, you have to be mentally prepared to already be thinking about not running. And then you have to run anyway.
Luckily, Ken opted to come with me tonight (wow, tonight. Yes, I ran at dusk today), which kept me extra motivated. But I have to say, I actually felt a bit more energized in the middle of my run than I typically do. I was feeling giddy, bouncy, and jog-a-holic as we pranced through a downtown park. Perhaps it was all the forced sitting at work, all the feeling like every part of my body had sank into my rear end, but all I know is I had to run. I had to get moving, had to up my heart rate in order to remember what my body can do.
So while the idea of running after work is not appealing, can I at least mention that it feels so good once you start? My only suggestions are these:
1. Commit to doing it, even if it’s going to be a shortycakes run. Even if it means you have to lay out your clothes before hand. Even if you have to reward yourself with champagne afterward.
2. Bring someone along. Having a post-work exercise buddy does wonders for the motivation.
3. Know that it’s not as time consuming as you think it will be. I was terrified that a run would take my entire evening away from me. But I ran, hung out in my hot-tub, and managed to do a few hours of freelance work. And I’m still ten minutes until bed time. So take that, time chart!
Interesting. Interesting indeed.
In other news, I’ve seen two more interesting pieces of roadkill: a crow, and a perfectly preserved dragon fly. Yes, a dragon fly. I thought I should get my second cousin out so she could add it to her dead bug collection.