Hitting the reset button

I almost typed that title as the “resent button,” which is precisely the one I don’t want to hit. But it’s presciently indicative of the need to stop every once in a while.

My workouts have felt a bit ‘off’ this week– nothing precise, no injury, but a general sense of not having the usual spring in my legs and energy to work with.

Admittedly, it’s been a grey week, which doesn’t help. But I rather suspect that at least some of it is due to the craziness of this time of term– papers abound, stress levels are rising among the students, and the prospect of there being really only 2 weeks of usable class time left does raise the pressure to get everything done before finals.

Not too surprisingly, then, I woke up this morning and was not feeling the exercise love– it was cold and foggy outside, and the prospect of running was awfully close to anathema.

So I did the only sensible thing: took a short walk to get a few groceries, got some useful errands taken care of, then decided I was done– and spent part of the afternoon watching the NBC broadcast of the Ironman World Championships, which is always motivating. I also did a half-hour of yoga after dinner for the first time in ages: the off-season is the perfect time to get back into the habit, and it’ll help me considerably when things get even busier in April and May of next year (when I’ll have all these typical term stresses plus the show to deal with).

I’ll sign up for some 2014 races soon to give myself something to train for, but in the meantime, taking a pause to recharge is a useful thing.

(Not, perhaps, the world’s most thrilling post, but an honest one as NaPoWriMo continues…)

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