Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today was brutal getting out of bed. Not because I was overly tired. Rather because my muscles were tight and the covers wrapped me in warmth. After dozing back off multiple times following various rounds of “bed stretches” I finally summoned up the courage to make the choice to get out of bed. Ultimately it was the realization that I was not allowed to work on my laptop until after I completed my workout that got me out of bed. I got my running shoes on, headed out the door, and made the conscious choice to do a warm up routine. It was really simple, 30 jumping jacks and 2 minutes of stretching. As I stretched my hamstrings and calves. Again, I could tell my core muscles tight from the planking yesterday.
It was a cool day in Seattle and the morning dew brought the temperature down to be boarderline chilly—a perfect running morning. I began running up the hill towards the YMCA. The morning traffic was out which was less than inspiring. I felt slow going up the hill as my body warmed. On my way from the YMCA to the west Seattle stadium, I passed a bus stop that had the overhang from a couple days before.” I did 1 & 4/5 pull ups. I got a strange look from an onlooker, but I simply ran onward. When I got to the stadium they did not really have a pull up bar so I used an overhead railing and did 0.5 chin up again the chin up was more about effort than functionality.
When I returned to the house after running my route of just over a mile, I stretch briefly outside before entering the apartment to continue my new routine. Since I had done lower body yesterday, today was upper body. I alternated between activities and stretching. 11 pushups, stretch. 22 dumbbell rows (11 each arm) using a full backpack as weight, stretch. Reward time = breakfast & laptop.