13.1 Training


My workout went well. I kicked booty on the machines and 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 15 burpees later I was done. Still not loving the burpees. Does anyone love them?! I am thinking that’s a big fat no. Although my workout feels challenging I don’t know that I feel challenged enough. I am not getting that oh heavens everything hurts soreness. And when I don’t get that kind of soreness I just don’t feel like I am pushing myself hard enough. As much as pushing past my comfort zone sucks in the moment, I thrive on the feeling I get when I am done. That in of itself keeps me motivated. I need that motivation to keep me going, it’s too easy to start slacking and not taking my training seriously. I love running. I don’t need anything to motivate me to hit the trail. The gym? Not so much, especially when its so beautiful outside. I see my trainer again this coming week; I am sure he will be happy to see me struggle to adjust my work out again? Based on how I feel, I am thinking yes. But we shall see.


We are in the middle of another heat wave, and I got a late start on my creek run. I didn’t even try to break any records; I just made it a fun run. Also a man has been missing since February in my area. He’s fairly young and is assumed to be suffering from a mental breakdown. Flyers have been put up all along my route; apparently there have been various sightings of him hanging out in with a couple of homeless people. So I paid extra attention to every man I saw. It was a little distracting, and not in a passing the fire department kind of way. But you never know, and no bother! I know that route well and if I could help his family in any way, that trumps any of my personal training goals.


It’s going to be another hot day. Nearly 80 degrees already! Have I mentioned how much I love summer and northern California?! Despite my heart feeling a little heavy, I am doing my very best to not allow someone else’s behavior determine my mood. So today you will find me next to water of some kind, with an ice-cold drink in my hand at all times. Water not booze. I learned booze and sun are a recipe for craziness long ago! Anyways, I am not sure where I am going yet. Possibly the river or the pool, but either way it promises to be a perfect summer sun-kissed day!


Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!


5 thoughts on “13.1 Training

  1. Once again, your post truly resonates with me on so many levels, and I am so glad that you are sharing your journey here. I am beyond impressed with your workout today, and for the record, I do not like burpees, either. I know what you mean about both wanting that feeling of “hurts so good” soreness and not wanting to hit the gym like you do the trails, and just know, you are motivating me to resume my regular workouts. So, keep doing what you are doing, and know that you are well on your way to reaching your goal and are helping me to reach mine.

    I, too, can allow someone else’s feelings/mood/behavior impact my own feelings/mood/behavior, and it is a lesson I continue to have plenty of opportunities to learn on almost a daily basis. Some days, when I am feeling my best, there is nothing in the world that can shake that feeling, while other days, when I am feeling less than my best, either because I am tired, stressed, anxious, depressed, or any other feeling from my emotional grab bag, I feel like a sponge who soaks up the negativity around me, while repelling any of the positivity. On the latter days, I try to focus on positive activities and thoughts and do my best to keep myself together, and I reassess what I need to do to take better care of myself. It may take a day or two for those feelings to pass, but they always do. You are not alone.

    Enjoy your evening, as you have earned it and then some!


    • Awe thank you! ❤

      Yes! It's such a difficult lesson, and even more so when I am not feeling at my personal best. Although its certainty not a game, a part of me refuses to let them "win" in that they see, or hear that what they said or did, got to me. Which for some people appears to be exactly what they thrive on.
      I am also very sensitive to negativity which in some situations even if I am not directly involved or their "target" it takes me a while to decompress afterwards.

      I hope you enjoyed your evening too! I ended up relaxing, then this morning I went to the swap meet and a garage sale. I found a really nice rabbit hutch! I spent a couple hours disinfecting/cleaning it up and plan to look at rabbits tomorrow. 😉


      • Yet one more way in which we are similar, as I, too, am a sensitive soul who has been a favorite “target” of some people over the years. Even when I know that someone else’s negativity has nothing to do with me, it still can sting. This is an ongoing lesson for me.

        Glad you had such a nice evening and great morning. Keep that positive momentum going!


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