Sometimes You Just Gotta Do Nothing

Continuing with my theme of “Sometimes You Just…” that I guess I started last week, I give to you the OK to be lazy.

If you know me, you know that that was really hard to say. I hate feeling lazy. I hate being lazy. Growing up on a farm instills in you that you spend as much time outside as possible when the sun is out and the weather is decent. You wake up early and get moving early. You don’t spend hours in bed, and you don’t spend days not doing much.

But this weekend was a rarity for me. After waking up early to meet a friend for an 8-mile run Saturday morning, I came home to walk the dogs (well, Dally plus two dogs from my friend that I was watching) two miles, showered and then settled down with compression socks and knee sleeves to recover. I had every intention to spend the day writing articles, blog posts, and cleaning the house…but none of that happened.

Sunday is usually my one day to sleep in. I did sleep in…until 7. Then I rejoiced in the quiet of the house until M came home from work at 8. We had a lazy Sunday morning breakfast: he had scrambled eggs with chicken, cheese, and salsa, and I had scrambled egg whites (w/1 whole egg) with sautéed spinach, chicken, cheese, and salsa and leftover Amish cinnamon sugar bread (recipe to come). Considering my mornings are usually rushed between coming home from CrossFit and getting ready for work, this was nice.

The rest of the day? Well, after grocery shopping, it was supposed to include writing and cleaning. Nope…not much of that happened. I did do some laundry, and I ended up pushing myself to belt out a story (out of two), but not the productivity I was looking for.

When I complain “I feel so lazy…I have done nothing all weekend..” M reminds me that I ran 8 miles Saturday morning and was dog sitting all weekend. Yes, but that’s not the productivity I’m talking about. “It’s OK to just relax…it’s OK to just do nothing,” he says.

Sometimes the lack of motivation might be your body and your brain’s way of telling you to take a break, to truly rest your body and mind. Maybe you don’t feel a cold coming on, but your body might be fighting off illness, and you just don’t know it at the time.

Sure it means you have to make up for it later, but hopefully by then you’ll have the energy to accomplish everything you need to.

Sometimes you just gotta do nothing…and be OK with it!

Your turn: How do you feel about lack of productivity on the weekends?

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Some Times You Just Need Rest

This week I have just felt exhausted. I hadn’t slept well all week, either, which doesn’t help. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve started to amp up my workouts for my half marathon training, or just one of those things where you just feel drained.

Some times you just need to learn to listen to your body and sleep, much like what the Stump Kids do on a daily basis...

Some times you just need to learn to listen to your body and sleep, much like what the Stump Kids do on a daily basis…

Either way, I decided I needed to listen to my body. Yesterday morning I wanted to do speed intervals for four miles on the treadmill, but after about two miles, I knew that wasn’t going to be, so I aimed for 3.5 miles. Suddenly, at 3.2 my legs just felt dead and I was worried I’d injure myself, so I stopped sprinting and just walked the last 0.3 miles at a slight incline. I took a little extra time to stretch, and then went home to walk the dogs and get ready for my day.

That night I wanted to do some weight training on my upper body, so I spent 20 minutes working with free weights (my activity was limited, since I had forgotten to pack a sports bra…grrr) and then headed home, relishing in the idea of relaxing all evening. M took the reins on dinner, so I grabbed my Kindle and read on the couch until it was ready. Later, I fixed myself a cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea from Celestial Seasonings (yum, one of my favorite flavors), and actually went to bed to read at 10. Half an hour later, I was out like a light!

I woke up this morning to my alarm going off at 6:30–the latest I’ve been able to sleep in a long time. I took my time getting out of bed (had to snuggle with the Corgi, you know) and then took my time getting ready for work after doing a few yoga poses to stretch and wake my body. It was perhaps one of the most relaxing work mornings I’ve ever had.

Today is a total rest day for me–my body told me it was tired, and I have an 8 mile run planned tomorrow morning, so why not. (My normal “rest days” include an hour-long yoga DVD in the am and weights in the pm.) We’re going to have dinner and play cards with friends tonight, and that’s exactly what I think my body, and psyche, needs after this hard week.

Random: Relaxing Video from Lake Tahoe

In March I traveled to Reno, Nev., for the AKC National Agility Championships and I was able to take some time to do a little sightseeing. After spending a good part of one day viewing what we called the “ugly mountains” (the desert part of the Rocky Mountains), we spent the next on the “snowy mountains” and travelling to Lake Tahoe.

Even though it was a cold, and very windy day at the shoreline, I absolutely loved hearing the waves crashing along the shore. So, I took a video of it to keep for those days that I need some relaxing noise. I decided to share that today (not that I’m particularly more stressed than normal today). I hope you enjoy:

Relaxation Sunday & Time-Suckers

So today was one of those rare Sundays where I really didn’t have anything planned and I wasn’t looking for something to do. I just had a couple of things on my mind: enjoy a big Sunday breakfast with Matt, clean the house and get groceries (desperately needed), and try to make something new for dinner. We were also crossing our fingers we’d get some accumulated snow today, but that was a bust (we haven’t had an actual snow accumulation all winter long, which has been a bummer for the dogs and those of us who relish a good snow every once in a while).

However, today was very relaxing–which was needed after that hard 8 mile run yesterday. Relaxing days like this can only be helped by time-suckers that grab your attention and keep you leafing through things for hours on end. Facebook used to do that for me, but now I’m a huge Pinterest fan (follow me!). Have you checked it out yet? For the most part it’s a place where people exchange recipes and outfit ideas. Whether you actually put together that outfit or fix that recipe is up to you. Those who are DIY people also love it, and I have to say, I have been creating a board for wedding ideas and love sharing them with my friends to see if they think we can do it.

I love having the Pinterest app on my iPhone because I can easily tap on the recipe “pins” while I’m at the store, just like I did this morning when getting ingredients for tonight’s potato soup. (I have two different potato soup recipes on my board–an “easy”, but not so healthy Crock Pot version and a healthy version. Tonight, unfortunately, we’re going to be not-so-healthy [though I did my best with 98% fat-free chicken broth, etc.] because we don’t have an immersion blender [but, yes, I am registering for one now].) I’ve also made a delicious cookie recipe for a work event that got rave reviews.

Reading others’ blogs is also a big time-suck for me. I’ve mentioned before what my favorites were, but I’m always searching for ones by my #runchat tweeps and anything else.

And when it comes to television, there’s no other bigger time-suck than Food Network and anything wedding-related for me right now (“Say Yes to the Dress,” “My Fair Wedding by David Tutera,” and “Four Weddings”). Though today it’s been about catching up on “Project Runway All Stars” on the DVR and a little Food Network with “Cupcake Wars.”

So what did you do on your Sunday? I hope you got to relax, and, if so, what are your favorite time-suckers?

Rare Weekends Off

With my schedule of agility trials, horse shows to work, and just general life and travel, it’s rare that I have an entire weekend off from having to be somewhere at a certain time. The past few weekends have been an extreme rarity because I’ve had three off in a row. I’ve learned to really relish them and make sure I take advantage of that calmness that comes with a weekend off.

Who doesn't feel like this on Fridays?

Typical weekends off for me means cleaning the house, doing laundry, grocery shopping with Matt, and trying to find a way to get outdoors with the dogs and burn off our extra energy. Matt and I are different in a way when it comes to weekends off–for him weekends off means doing absolutely nothing but playing his Xbox or watching football/basketball games. He’s OK with not going anywhere or doing anything. Me, on the other hand, I can’t stand not doing something. I can only stay in the house for so long before I go stir crazy, and I feel like the dogs feel the same way. So I use them as an excuse to get us out of the house and active–great ploy, huh? 😉

It’s weekends like this that I wish I was already in the midst of my half-marathon training. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still running and trying to get in longer, outdoor, runs in on these weekends off, but I know my schedule is going to start getting crazy starting this coming weekend when we travel to Tennessee for an agility trial. I already mentioned my concerns about my trip to Reno in the middle of my training. But there will be other weekends where I will be at trials and not able to get in my long runs. So I’m going to have figure my training schedule in a way that’ll allow me to get in my long runs, but also be sure that I’m not pushing myself too much to the point of injury.

I know I’m still lucky in the fact that I don’t have kids to juggle with my training as well–instead I just have the craziness of my dogs, wedding planning, and my life in general.

So what do your rare weekends off look like? How do you juggle a training schedule when those rare weekends off don’t occur?