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Ahhhhhh … finally I had a really great workout after several weeks on hiatus.  I didn’t workout at all for almost two weeks surrounding the trip.  I did go to the gym last Sunday, but wasn’t feeling it and didn’t push myself very hard.  I think I was still in post-trip recovery mode.  But, tonight, oh-boy.  I did my favorite new 5K workout.  I switch it up a little every time, so tonight I did 1.2 miles on the treadmill, varying between a 7, 8, and 10 incline at a 4.5 pace, with a quick 2 minute run in the middle. (I couldn’t resist.)  Then I moved to the Crossramp and did 1 mile at a 20 incline and 10 resistance, ending on the bike for a mile.  Nothing spectacular, but it felt good to sweat.  I followed the “5K” with a quick 20 minute weight session, challenging myself to try new weights and new machines.  Today was pretty stressful at work, but I realized as I was stretching after my workout that I had completely forgotten about all of the stress and deadlines and fleeting hours.  It felt so far away.  All that mattered was how my muscles burned and the beat of the music on my iPod.  Glorious.

While I worked out, I was thinking a lot about mantras and the games we play to push through the burn.  My mantras are usually pretty basic, “You can do this, don’t give up, push through, ect.”  My favorite thing to repeat toward the end of a session, when I am really hurting, is “I can do anything for a few minutes.”  But, honestly, more times than not I am repeating fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck over and over (silently, of course).

Music definitely helps.  The songs on my playlist vary from Out Hud to Flock of Seagulls to Outkast, but the one thing they have in common is a very fast, steady beat.  One of my favorites when I need an extra push is M.I.A.’s Boyz.  Love, love, love!

And now .. Day 2 of 30 Days of Gratitude!  🙂

Day 2: Today I am thankful that, despite my health issues, I have had access to good medical care and am able to enjoy a hard, balls-to-the-wall workout.

Your turn!