It's 5:00. If you work for corporate America, you are out of work for the day or will be shortly. What are you going to do with this freeeeeedom!?
Most days I am off to the gym: body pump, a solid strength and conditioning work out with my favorite Canadian, Mari Fisher OR perhaps a run outside with MFish and Amanda (roomie!). NOTHING allows me to unwind quite like a run outside, the feeling as my feet hit the pavement, listening to my breath and people watching or maybe I'm just in the zone and noticing no one, thats cool too. I don't run for a time, I run for me. Ahhhh sweet relief. If I am letting my body rest I am cooking, baking, or reading....and there's some definite TV action in there too...OH and a glass of vino. Who can resist the powers of the DVR and a glass of red wine? Not me. Above all else, these little hobbies of mine (well maybe not TV watching) center and balance me after staring at a computer screen all day. You chop and dice, measure and mix, bake and sautee and that creates something magically delicious (lucky charms much?) for you and others to enjoy. There is also something about engaging in a story: fiction, non-fiction, comedic, thought provoking that centers my mind yet let it escapes too. You feel me? At the moment I am reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and it.is.all.I.can.think.about. FOCUS Corinne, focus. It is not 1942 and you are not a little girl in France ... or am I? :)
Last night I had a killer body pump workout and then ran 2 miles in my NEW vibram 5 fingers . First time running in these and I think it was very apparent. Holy calves burning. It took me a while to jump on this but after reading Born to Run meeting and running with Christopher McDougall himself two weekends ago in Boston, and lots of positive feedback from my boyfriend Matt I was ready to dive in. It struck me while I was running in these quirky looking shoes that I was 100% feeling my feet, not in a bad way, merely noticing every movement my body made and every foot placement. Because when you run in vibrams, if you make a wrong move, you feel it. AND that's the point! My feet were just going...I didn't feel like I was forcing it! WOW. For all you wonderers and skeptics: It was incredible. They may look funny, but I'm hooked. A shoe that can bring out my inner 7 yr old (the one that ran barefoot), a shoe that makes me FEEL my feet but is uber comfortable, a shoe that makes running feel effortless...um, yeah I'll take it.
Tonight I am headed out for a few celebratory cocktails to Ri Ra’s as it is one of my friend’s birthdays! Lindsay will be “the age to not be named” on Friday. More on this type of unwinding later ;)
I will leave you with this:
The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. " -Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture