Doing Nothing: The Cure for Overbooked Weekend Schedule Syndrome
I had a fantastic weekend. Seriously, it was awesome. And yesterday was perfect.
First, I slept in until 9 without the aid of cough syrup. That in itself is a miracle. I am an early riser. The sun comes up and I come up with it. I actually have those super dark shades in my bedroom so I can sleep past the crack of dawn. Even better, the canine herd let me sleep in. I did wake up with a dog snoring on my pillow with one paw on my face but it’s not like he was in a hurry to get up or anything either.
So as a thank you, I played with all the dogs and made Bill and I a special breakfast: breakfast sandwiches with skillet potatoes. And I did it without entirely trashing the kitchen (You’re welcome, Bill!). My whole wheat biscuits were a little dry but when combined with poached eggs and cheese: delish.
And then we just chilled. I watched “West Side Story.” I threw tennis balls for terriers. I played Yatzee on my phone. It was deliciously sinful to just sit and relax. I generally feel it is a crime to waste my free time with such frivolities as lounging on the couch. As a result, my weekends are usually so jam packed with activities that returning to work early Monday morning is a welcome respite. But yesterday? I just needed a break. A real break.
Around one-ish I trotted over to the gym for cardio kick boxing. I have never done kick boxing before. It has always sounded interesting and after hearing how much fun a friend of mine had last week, I had to give it a go. Fun is an understatement. I had a blast. Sure, I felt hopelessly uncoordinated trying to do a jab-cross-hook-kick combination but hours of Zumba have apparently suppressed any type of shame over my flailing limbs and bouncing wobbly bits. I am pretty much hooked and plan to do it again soon. I finished up with lower body strength training, the normal round of sit ups and planks. Cross training accomplished.
Beckie wanted to go for a run with the dogs so of course I said yes because I love Beckie. She is fun and makes me laugh. Plus she is equally sarcastic. And for once, I didn’t have that stupid over scheduled problem. Awesome! So I grabbed Drew, my best canine running buddy, and we met up with Beckie and her labs Serj and Miss Matches.
I can feel the black death loosening its grip on me so I decided I really wanted to do a nice and easy run at 12:30. Beckie is still new to running and was hoping to do a nice run/walk. We decided on three easy mile out and back on a nice quiet trail. The plan was to check in with each other at specific spots. We set out at a nice comfortable pace together. The dogs were very happy (they love each other). We were very happy. Other people on the trail were very happy.
Other than walking for 2/10ths of a mile at the turnaround point with Beckie, I actually ran unlike the walk, walk, run, stumble, walk thing I had been doing the last few runs. It felt really good. I felt stronger. I certainly didn’t feel hopeless like I had the day before where I wondered if I should just give up any hope of a 50K (yeah, I do that sometimes when I am really struggling. Don’t worry though. I don’t actually give up. I just think about it really hard then slap myself and get on with it). I was also very proud of Beckie. She is sort of like my little sister so I think it is really cool that she is not only interested in running but really stuck with it and put in a good run.
We decided to celebrate with Genghis Grill. It was delicious. I ate two bowls and didn’t feel guilty at all.
After dinner, we went back to my place so she could pick up the puppy for a sleep over and get her Christmas presents. We’ve seen each other a dozen times since the holiday but I keep forgetting to send her with her packages. Apparently she likes it because I got this photo five minutes later from her own living room:
Then Bill and I decided to continue our voyage to geekdom by indulging in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” I am sure you are starting to see a theme here. Anyway, we watched the movie, had a cocktail and I realized it was an incredible day. I need more days like this. Maybe I need to schedule them and plan all these laid back activities so that I can really enjoy them…wait isn’t that what normally leads to Overbooked Weekend Schedule Syndrome? Yes, I think it is. So I just need to plan a day to do nothing and then see what happens. Yeah, we’ll see how well that goes over.
And on a completely different note, I think I have decided to take a taekwondo class for fun. There is an adult beginner class at my gym on Mondays. They always look like they are having so much fun but still working hard. I went so far as to email the instructor this morning to learn more. Wow. I am getting really brave with this “trying new workouts” thing. It took me three months to finally go to a Zumba class and here I am jumping into things like kick boxing and taekwondo. Weird.