WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?!?!!!??!
It’s been months since your last walk/jog (aka WOG). You really have no excuse. None. You turned 50 continued working out for a short time and then stopped. You skipped working out nearly all of ‘cold’ season. For no reason that is legitimate. So today you decided it was time to pick it back up again.
In the past you’ve never needed someone to work out with, an online buddy or a workout journal to be consistent. In fact you prefer to go it alone. But obviously something has changed. So I’m writing you this note for all to see (if they so desire), as a committment to continue – cigaba – swagaliga. You are going to workout a minimum of 4 times/week, but preferably 5 or 6. Keeping your word is pretty important to you, so with this in writing, there’s no turning back.
After much contemplation (days & days & days, ok – weeks) you decided that today was the day to start. Again I ask, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?!?!? It was 105 degrees out there. But if you were going to start anytime in the next 2 or 3 months, those temps (not to mention humidity) will only get worse.
So out you went. And remember you have witnesses to your craziness. Neal & Tim saw you. But they were just as crazy, because they were playing tennis in the heat. And I think the heat was doing something to the message center in their brains because they continued to play for quite awhile after you finished. And you wogged for at least 45 minutes. That’s usually your average. Not sure of the distance since your running app stopped working – it was too hot in your pocket.
And after you finished, you did your push-ups. (Girl style) And you will continue to do them. No matter that a few short months ago you could do 3 sets of 30. The 3 sets of 15 today was better than nothing. Much better. Keep it up!
Here are the tennis players.
Here’s your view – at least the downhill side. Quite lovely. Who wouldn’t want to jog here? (What one can’t ‘see’ is each one of those 105 degrees). But we don’t need to dwell on that – not with the beautiful Niger River in the background.
The uphill side is a bit more challenging, but keep in mind the downhill side is right around the corner. The picture just doesn’t do justice to the upward slope. But remember, this is where you do the walking part of your Wog. So it’s all good.
And remember the lovely smells you smelled? You had great opportunity to suck in those smells. Panting some might call it. So you got nostrils full of flowery smells. Keep in mind that most places you go don’t smell nearly as wonderful. And some places there’s nothing wonderful at all about the smell. And let’s talk about the butterflies. Well, you only saw one today, but I’m sure there are more. He was lovely too.
And you even had a laugh, in spite of your panting. Remember? You allow yourself a drink after every 2 laps. You were greatly anticipating that water as you came around the bend –on account of your throat sticking shut. But when you reached the place you stashed your bottle, IT WAS GONE!! You started to panic just a little as you tried to unstick your throat. Then you looked at the tennis players, and thought to yourself “I’ll bet Tim took your water as a practical joke”. Yep, your mind went there. And you didn’t find the humor in it. But just as you started to accuse him, you spotted the missing bottle. Right where you left it – in the drainage ditch.
Also keep in mind how much you like music pumping into your head. This is the perfect opportunity for that – without interruption. And – some of your best prayer times are while on the ‘track’.
So dear self, this is a note to you. Just in case you forget or think this all a dream. It wasn’t. It was real. You are real, and you will run. Or Wog. No matter how you feel in the morning.