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Slowly But Surely …

by caroline

… I’m gettin’ my running groove back on.

It’s rainy here today, so Dan and I hit up the gym early this morning. And when I say early, I mean EARLY. One of our cat kids had us up throughout the night with his naughtiness, and, after too much tossing and turning, we finally just gave in and got up. This has been going on for quite a few evenings, and we’ve been chalking it up to him adjusting to his new home (here’s hoping). I’m not mentioning any names (COOPER), but if I don’t get some sleep tonight, then I’m going to be one cranky mommy. Guess who won’t be napping today? Yeah, I’ll be the one poking you awake.

I’m still easing my way back into running, so my workout at the gym was another walk/run that looked like this:

I felt good on the last run interval, so I just decided to take it on in home and run the last 4-1/2 minutes of the workout. I took the rest of my gym time to stretch — Yesterday’s leg/bum workout was a booty killer! — and then came home and did about 20 minutes of Pilates and more stretching. The Pilates is really starting to help my hips feel more balanced and flexible which I think will hugely payoff once I am back to running full time.

Post-workout snack was another Joint Juice Smoothie (yeah, that’s what I’m calling it) and the last slice of this coffee cake. Yum!

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I’ve been re-reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (great book for any writer, artist … human!) and I’m falling in love with her writing all over again. If you have ever put a project or endeavor aside because of the quest for perfectionism, then this quote is for you. And for me — for all the times I say, “I’ll start writing my book as soon as (insert nearly impossible perfect conditions here) ….”

“I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird