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!