Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up very early in order to go running with some friends. Because I had gone to bed early, the alarm clock went off and I felt well rested. I put on my running shorts, running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers and gloves. I did a warm up routine of a couple minutes of stretching while waiting for the other 2. It was still dark outside and the morning temperature was at the freezing point. I could tell by the frost on all the cars. The run was through the neighborhoods. As I ran, I chatted with my two friends. My body fought against the early morning chill by warming and even beginning to sweat. Because I was running with friends in the dark on a new route, I did not know exactly the turns we made. I also did not have time or the ability to seek out a pull up bar, so I let that one slide for today. At the end of my route, we arrived back at the house totaling well over 5 miles of running. While it was not the one mile I have made my minimum, it was a nice switch up and to be able to be out with friends.
Back at the apartment, I stretch for 2 minutes and continued my routine. I did 2 sets of 10 pushups (20 total), stretch. 2 sets of 18 dumbbell rows (9 each arm, 36 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I quickly read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself
I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my new meditation practice. The 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) was interesting for a couple reasons. First, my legs were slightly weak from running making each “move-ing” motion accent the soreness in my hamstrings. Second, I could feel myself clenching my teeth from stress with how much work I wanted to accomplish today (despite knowing that there was way too much on my to-do list to do it all). The breathing helped me relax my teeth. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. To be honest the "rounds" of "mental touching points" were a background event. My mind continually attempted to wander off to task I wanted to do before I would reel it back in.
Reward time = breakfast of oatmeal and a day of working on my laptop using my fitdesk (22 miles, Odometer = 154 miles). Wouldn’t it be cool if I could “bike across the country” on my fitdesk while working this year? 3600 miles is like 10 miles a day…..