Thursday, 7 June 2007

Self-Image

I decided on Sunday to stop running for a while. It is now Thursday, my body still hurts, but now my psyche hurts too.....

You see that picture above? When I am running, that is what I think I look like - that is what I feel like. It lasts most all day. I feel youthful and energetic and happy. Now, I know my actual image is not exactly like that, but for a 55 year old woman, I am happy with it. (when my mother was my age, she weighed over 200 lbs., smoked 2 packs a day, had a full set of dentures, and was a year and a half away from death)

Now a few days after making the brilliant decision to stop running to give my body a break, I am dragging around like an actual old woman. My butt is killing me! It is NOT better! It is worse! I have taken a couple of bike rides, and that is it for exercise.

I am going to go on a little adventure this weekend. I don't know if I can round up anyone to go with me, but I will try. I am going to walk up the steep part of a nearby mountain, and then run after it levels off. It is a lovely, lovely trail and I think it will do me a world of good to get out and feel like an adventuress instead of a dilapidated old woman!

5 comments:

Sue said...

Your adventure sounds wonderful - if I was there I would love to come with you!

Just watched your You-Tube! Agree with everyone else, you look great and happy at that point, hard to believe you felt so bad - well done to your friend for giving you the boost!

And, there is no way you look your age - exercise definitely agrees with you. Hope your aches and pains go away soon. :-)

Marcy said...

I think that's a great idea!! Your little adventure sounds wonderful and fun!!! Hope you start feeling better ;D

Debbi said...

My mother died at a relatively young age – 59 – and I know that my own quest for middle-aged fitness is related to her decided lack of self-care. Your mental image is the same as mine; I'm suddenly inspired to use my finish-line photo as my computer wallpaper. I'll have to put the grandchildren somewhere else! Heh.

J~Mom said...

Just take it easy and go slow!! I totally understand the need to keep moving! Walking fast will really help as well! Hang in there!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I certainly understand that feeling. Just getting through my one rest day each week can seem more challenging than the 6 days of cramming in workouts.