Sunday, 16 November 2008

The Sloth returns

Even though I took a well deserved break and gave all of you a break from me and my little spin into my winter blahs, I came back to fill your heads with nothing important and drivel of life in outer Ottawa as we head into the winter months of cold and snow...now how cheery is that?

It is always amazing to me that it takes month and months of running, going to the gym, biking and swimming to get my mid-fifties body into some semblance of fitness and yet here we are, not quiet two months of rest and relaxation and I feel as though I'm starting from scratch again.

Just two short months of inconsistant workouts and I'm back to square one! Now I'm not going to get all gloomy and doomy here, nope that is why I took some time off. Life was busy with work, my new business venture and I did have a little event that unnerved me a tad, but I have never been one to live in fear.

So after a week of "kicking back" I now need to start "kicking butt".


Perusing through many blogsites, the general mood is that of "yuck, winter months are ahead and no motivation for running". Try something new, go to spin classes, head to the gym, run with a group, hit the trails in your area! This has been a life saver for me.

I have been running our trails lately and find it truly inspiring although I now carry a bell with me since my little fright last month, but all in all, it has really been awesome. Beats pounding the pavement for the time being and it lets you get your head into the wonders of Mother Nature.

Last weekend some of the Wooo Hooo's headed off into Fitzroy Provincial Park for a really nice 8K run, which is just short of a five mile run if I am not mistaken.

It was fabulous.


Even with the shorter days, darker skies and snowfalls, yes, right now it is snowing...after my little hiatus, the world does not seem as threatening as it did.

Isn't it amazing what some downtime can do for your soul?



It is hard to soar with the eagles if you let the turkeys get you down....trust me!!!

I'm glad to be back!!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

29 comments:

Melanie said...

Glad to see you got out there again, and the trails sound great! Hopefully the snow won't stick around quite yet! :D

Vickie said...

Glad to hear from you again! Enjoy any way you can.

Anonymous said...

hi there... I am getting back to the routine of walking too.. but indoors at the gym on the treadmill. I just don't do well in the dark in the cold or/and rain! So good on you for perservering.

Don't like to hear what you hinted at and will have to get that story.

Take care of yourself. Glad to stay connected somewhat sort of through FB too!
HUGS
go get'em!
t

Nat said...

She's back!!! :)

I think I may take a class or two come January. For now, I"m looking at Hypothermic and the Resolution Run.

Marci said...

Its hard to soar with the eagles when the turkeys get you down.

Nice. I like that!

Glad you are back!

I stayed at FitzRoy a long time ago. I bet it was a beautiful run. Enjoy your Sunday!

Viv said...

The kicking back time looked great while staying active which is totally awesome. Ah man, did I just sound like a teenager or what?!

Jess said...

Glad you're back!

chia said...

That looks like so much fun :-) Welcome back

Cassandra said...

Good luck with getting your butt in gear! Winter is a challenge, but it will be gone and it will be Spring again before you know it.

Groover said...

Welcome to the concept of training periodisation. It's perfectly ok to kick back, let the body and mind recover and then start all over again. Have fun. Great to have you back.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

welcome back!

Marlene said...

And I'm glad you're back. Happy to see you're feeling like yourself again.

bluecolnago said...

welcome back, young lady! keep smiling! :)

triguyjt said...

enjoy those trails...

its just ohh so good for the soul as you said... and the shoes
soles!!

ECrunnergirl said...

Welcome back Lily! Yes, down time is truly good for the soul...it makes coming back that much sweeter! Ugg...here is to the long winter months and some good cool running :-}

Marcy said...

YAY!!! I'm glad you're back in action! That run looks awesome! Ad you know what? YOU'RE RIGHT! I do need to do something new ;-) For a week or so and then come back to running. Maybe I'll love it again then . . LOL

Laurel said...

Yay! The cooler Laurel is back to bloggin ;)

I hope your little scare wasn't anything too serious, and I'm happy you're ok.

Glad you are enjoying some trail running. I am finding it pretty amazing to be in winter for the first time in years, so I haven't become too gloomy yet. Give me a few more months though ;)

Legs and Wings said...

It takes a stupid dedication to get out there on a blustery winter's morning but that's part of the fun. Good luck with your training this winter.

Amy said...

Glad you're back, we missed you!
It is hard to get that momentum going again after a hiatus, but it will come back. I'm working on that too, so we are in it together!

BeachRunner said...

Welcome back. We are glad to have you back and feeling strong and refreshed.

jahowie said...

I'm glad to see that you got out there again. Now, come down here and give me a swift kick in the arse will ya? :-)

Wes said...

I am slothful, therefore I am :-) Don't knock the turkeys either. Them's good eatin!!

Vava said...

Nice to have you back, and great running!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Welcome back Kotter! That's why we can never take a lot of time off, starting back from square one.....

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Glad to have you back. I'm sure the fitness will come back soon enough. Just don't push too much, too soon. Have fun with it. I can't wait to hear more from you.

Danica said...

Glad your back, and feeling great! :) I wish I could run where you are running those trails, it looks amazing and must be so inspiring.

Chris said...

Welcome back Lily

Xenia said...

Yay! Glad you're feeling better and that you're back in blogland.

D10 said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you are back in teh swing of things. The pictures are great.