Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I still have something, and I feel good.

In case you couldn't tell I've felt a little down about myself lately. It's weird, I had this kind-of high for a few days after the half marathon. It might have even lasted a week. I felt directionless, then I didn't really do much of anything. I've already mentioned that I put on a few pounds that I'm not working on getting rid of.

In reality it's only been 3 and a half weeks since I ran 13.1, but due to doing very little since then I was starting to think I was going to have trouble running the Broad Street 10 miler that's coming up in about 2 and a half weeks.

For one, I've proven that I haven't lost much if anything, because I just got back from running 10 miles in the cold and rain, while posting a personal best time of 1:30:45.

So I'm clearly happy about that, but more importantly, I think I'm realizing that if I don't make myself do something active I don't feel well. The benefits are not just a smaller butt, but a happier life.

I really don't know if it's a physical thing, maybe chemicals that get released when you work out that make you happier, or just mental. Maybe it doesn't matter, it's just another reason that you have to stay active to stay happy, or at least I do.

I've even found that if my muscles aren't sore on a semi regular basis I start to get pissed off that I'm not working hard enough, and I get a little depressed.

Honestly I don't know how I ever survived when I was over 300 pounds and doing nothing.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else that has experienced something like what I'm talking about and could speak to it some more.

1 comment:

Ripx180 said...

I totally feel the same way about exercise. Truthfully my knees and shoulder really start to bug me if I am not active. running, strength training, and loosing weight have gotten rid of allot of my issues. Then there is all the mental aspects of not working out and being fat. I still have a fair amount of body fat to loose but I feel so much better being stronger and 43 pounds lighter. I feel like my body both physically and mentally functions better while using exercise and a healthy diet. Man I could go on and on but I wont. I think you will find that most people feel the same. Keep working out and feeling good.