I've been listening to a lot of Sting lately... and this song really sticks with me when I hear it. Like I did this morning when I was at the gym. I had a series of really disturbing dreams last night, which made me sit up in bed, wide awake at 5AM. I said to myself "Calm down, sleep for another 75 minutes, and then hit the gym." Yeah... I ended up sleeping until 8:15 (have you noticed that I have no qualms about hitting the snooze for about an hour straight before I just turn the damn thing off?) I finally got to the gym right before 9 (NPR sucked me into the 9/11 stories) and decided to do something that I had been doing prior to the summer black hole of exercise. I did some cardio circuit training. On the days that I wasn't running, I would choose two or three different cardio machines and spend 10-20 minutes on each one, just to mix things up a bit.
I did that today. Did 10 minutes on the stairmaster, 20 minutes on the elliptical, and 10 minutes on the rower. After that, I did my weight circuit and I felt AWESOME. It felt good to have a clean workout after getting hung up on my running over the past week. I spend about 5-8 minutes stretching at the end of each workout. (do YOU take the time to stretch?) During this time, I like to reflect on my workout. I felt strong. I felt slimmer (phew... that's a long time coming!) I felt accomplished. Maybe a workout like today's is what I need to get over this mental hump. We'll see tomorrow when I go back outside (if it's not raining) to do another run.