The Joy of the Outdoors

Hello again, and happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and was able to enjoy some beautiful weather, and took a moment to appreciate and recognize those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We were blessed with summer temperatures and sunny skies this weekend, so it was truly perfect.

By the end of the day on Sunday, I found myself on social media looking at pictures of everyone’s cook outs, boat trips, and beach days. I could see people outside in bathing suits and sunshine in the background, and was surprised because I didn’t even realize it had been so nice outside. Rather than spending time relaxing, I had been stuck inside feeling the grind of productivity and taking advantage of the extra day to get things done. Too bad for me: I may have missed the nicest day we’d had all year.

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On Monday, I made sure to fix this. I didn’t want to stay inside and live vicariously through others and their outdoor fun. Sometimes taking time to enjoy the weather and appreciate where you live is just as important as your to do list. I met my family at a trail nearby and ran outside with my mom while my dad biked. This was actually the first time I had gotten any decent distance in since running the half marathons back in March and April, and definitely the first time I had run on a nice trail since last fall.

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Running outside on the Kal-Haven trail Monday morning was a much needed break from staring at my computer screen. Since I have switched to morning workouts, I’ve only been able to get outside in the later hours of the day on weekends, and found that when I get home from work on most week days I bury myself inside trying to be as productive as possible.

My Monday morning run was definitely challenging for my body, as I have still been having slight knee pain since the race in April, and I haven’t been running as frequently since then either. 6 miles was a lot for me at this point and my body was feeling the struggle, but my mind was on cloud nine.

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Throughout the run I was thinking of what a beautiful day it was; I could feel the sun on my face for the first time in a while, and see all the leaves on the trees blowing in the wind.

Whether you’re a runner, biker, walker, rollerblader – you name it – getting outside has such a rejuvenating benefit to it. Even on cloudy or chillier days, I always find myself walking back in from outside feeling more grounded and calm. The fresh air always makes me feel better physically, and especially mentally. If you are feeling stressed or tense, take some time for yourself by spending time outside. I guarantee you will be better from it, and probably even get more done with your refreshed attitude when you return.

Cheers to beautiful weather and the fresh new change in seasons. Have a terrific Tuesday!

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