async="src="/ Taking the Long Way Home: A Change in Perspective

Sunday, May 19, 2019

A Change in Perspective

In the midst of the never ending winter and my ongoing health issues came an invite from my southern sister from another mister. Holly, who used to co-host the Weekly Wrap link up with me, convinced me to book a flight for a weekend visit to her new lake house. She found a trail race for us. I looked for flights and found a great deal.

After I booked my flight, I had second thoughts. What if I don't start to feel better? Will I be able to run? Even more important, will I be able to water ski? Will she still want to hang with me?

What the heck was I worried about?



As the week started off, I wasn't feeling well at all and even worse, my anxiety returned. I've shared here on the blog that the main reason I started running 25 years ago was because I had debilitating anxiety. Running has kept me calm and centered. I haven't been running much lately due to this ongoing flare of RA symptoms. In addition, my doctor changed some of my medications, one of which was causing me insomnia and anxiety. Thankfully, as the week went on, I started to feel like myself again.

I did a LOT of yoga this week. Thank goodness for Yoga with Adriene.


There was running. On Monday, the sun came out and I ran 6 miles on the bike path. I took it slow, but by 4 miles, I started to struggle. It's a really yucky feeling--you know how you feel when you go
all out to get to the finish line? I'm feeling that even running a slow jog.


Wednesday was still sunny and it was warmer. I slept pretty good the night before and actually felt good when I got up. For the first time in a long time, I was excited to lace up my running shoes. My legs felt light and after a couple of minutes, I looked down at my watch. When I saw that I was running 8:43m/m, I put on the brakes. Yikes. By the time I finished 3 miles, I was struggling again.finally called it quits a few minutes later.

For my weekly strength session with Sammy Jo, I worked on power cleans. It's kind of like a dance move and we all know I can't dance! Still, they are getting better. She also had me work on pistol squats, farmer carries, banded side steps, and pushing the prowler. My posterior chain let me know how tough this was! Bootcamp consisted of 3 AMRAPS. We did KB swings, goblet squats, pushups, slamball cleans, pullups and push presses. In between sets there was running and rowing.


Friday morning, I headed south to visit Holly! As soon as she picked me up from the airport, I knew everything was going to be fine. On the drive to her house, we caught up on life. Her new lake house is amazing and as I write this, I am sitting on her deck high up above the water, looking through the trees. The birds are singing and it is peaceful.

This was a much needed change in perspective for me. 

We packed a lot in these couple of days together! Yes, there was waterskiing. We also ran a trail race, which I’ll recap on Tuesday. We kayaked the Softkahatchee Creek. There was plenty of time for wine and laughs. Holly and her husband are wonderful hosts and I’m so grateful for this weekend getaway! 


 
Holly, Barb, me
 



How was your week? I'm going to apologize for any weird formatting you might see--blogging on my iPad was a challenge! I'm heading home later today and it's back to life as I know it! Feeling good and looking forward to getting back on track. Have a great week!

I'm linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown. 




56 comments :

  1. I'm so glad that you were able to spend time with Holly this weekend! It definitely sounds like it was exactly what you needed.

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  2. Yay you saw Holly! Sorry about the anxiety. I've noticed I've felt less wound up this taper, presumably because I'm managing to keep more active this time. Well done you for facing your fears - and indeed hooray for Adriene. I love that my blogging running friends and my real-life running friends here both do Adriene - a lovely link!

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  3. Sounds like a visit to Holly's was just what the Dr. ordered! I'm so glad you had a chance to relax and enjoy. I do love some yoga with Adrienne as well. Even her voice is calming.

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  4. What an amazing weekend -- just what the doctor ordered. :-) Hah! I just noticed that Marcia just wrote the same thing -- must be true! I'm so glad you had a good time waterskiing, hiking and trail racing -- and just being with Holly.

    P.S. This post looks great

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    1. I'm really glad to have had this little getaway. It's been a tough couple of months for me!

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  5. Glad you went to see Holly and enjoyed your weekend!!! I love how you two always have a GREAT time.

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  6. Glad you had a great time with Holly Dear! We all need getaways like that to unwind and recharge. Thanks for linking!

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  7. Glad to hear that your getaway was refreshing and helped your anxiety!. Please note that your workouts are an inspiration to me.

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  8. I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend away with Holly! It makes me so happy to see you together doing your water skiing thing.

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    1. I don't know anyone else who waterskis, so it's great that we get to do it together!

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  9. I've never heard of power cleans referred to as a dance move, but It totally is! And a move I have yet to perfect ha. So glad that you had a weekend away - that's what friends are for!

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    1. That's what power cleans feel like to me! And I can't dance...

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  10. I'm so glad you got away and had some time with a great friend in a new and beautiful place! I love that you both run and water ski together - how great is that? And, of course I already know you killed it on the trail so YAY!!!! Can't wait for the full recap :-) Hope you continue to feel amazing this week!

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  11. I'm so happy you're feeling pretty good. It sounds like a trip to Holly-town was just what you needed!

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  12. So happy that you were able to get together with Holly -- she is missed! And I never had any doubt that you would have a marvelous weekend.

    It's also great that you had such a speedy run before heading on down! That had to help, too.

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  13. Bummer about the flare up and insomnia and other side effects. But your weekend with Holly looks fantastic- I'm glad your week could end on a high note!

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  14. Sounds like it was a perfect weekend for a get away and to re-set :) It seems like you all had a lot of fun!

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  15. It sounds like you had a fun getaway just when you needed it! I hope the RA calms down soon.

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  16. What a perfect weekend! A Trail race and waterskiing! You certainly packed in a lot of awesome fun!

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    1. It was perfect! Actually, anytime I can combine being on the water and running is perfect.

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  17. It sounds like a weekend with Holly was exactly what you needed! I hope your RA calms down. I can't imagine this weird wacky weather than changes seasons every day is helping.

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    1. You are so right. I think the weather has been a big factor in my health issues. This past weekend with the sunshine was wonderful.

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  18. It sounds like the getaway really helped you! Sometimes we just need a small break to reset everything. I hope that the med combination and symptoms get figured out and that you'll be feeling better soon!

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    1. You hit the nail on the head. I needed this break and getaway. The waterskiing really made me feel like myself again!

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  19. Aww, this sounds so nice! I'm glad you got to go see your friend and had so much fun. Dang - those weights look huge. I'm always in awe of the workouts you are doing!!

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    1. I am finding that while I've been struggling with running, strength training is still going well for me!

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  20. Sometimes we all need a change in scenery to change our perspective. Glad this weekend was that for you! The Lake house trip sounds awesome. Can't wait to read a\the race report!

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    1. It was just a perfectly timed, fun weekend. I love that I had the chance to do this.

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  21. It sounds like you had a fun and much needed weekend with Holly! I'm so happy you were able to get away.

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  22. Your weekend with Holly sounds like exactly what you needed- so much fun!

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  23. It sounds like an absolutely wonderful trip. I love the peace of a lake!

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  24. The lake is calling...

    Miss you already!

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  25. I am SO glad you were able to get away!! It sounds like a great trip! I'm sorry you've been struggling so much health wise lately. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

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  26. Sounds like a perfect weekend!

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  27. I'm sorry your runs have been feeling like such a struggle. It's wonderful that you got to go see Holly - a change in perspective is a very good thing indeed!

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  28. Glad you had such a fun visit! Sounds healing in many ways

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