Morning Run

It is amazing how exercise can clear your mind.  This morning I woke up and went for a short run.  It was hard to get up this morning, because I was so tired.  And, I really wasn’t motivated to do any form of exercise.  However, my friend, Nicole, wanted to go on a coffee run and asked me to text her when I got up.  We run to a local coffee house, order our beverages, and walk back home.  Because she was waiting for me to text her, I got myself up.  I highly recommend an exercise buddy who can motivate you to get moving.

I texted Nicole, but I got no response.  I thought she had left without me.  So, I went ahead and did the coffee run by myself.  I was glad I did.  I have been stressed out lately with my classes, work, and the holidays coming up.  It felt good going for a run.  It was a perfect morning.  68 degrees and sunny.  I just ordered my coffee when Nicole texted me.  She had just seen my text and wondered if I still wanted to go for that run.  I told her I was already finished and was headed home.  She was sorry she missed me, but she made herself a cup of tea and walked to meet me.  We walked the rest of the way home together.

Now I need to get some laundry done, go to the grocery store, and finish my homework.  I also need to make my Christmas cookies and get my Christmas cards ready for mailing.  It’s a lot to do, but I am not stressed about it.  Thanks to my run and my coffee.

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Running In a Circle

This morning, I shared a poem with my students that pretty much explained how I feel at this time of the year.  The poem is entitled, I Am Running in a Circle, by Jack Prelutsky.

I am running in a circle
and my feet are getting sore,
and my head is
spinning
spinning
as it’s never spun before,
I am
dizzy
dizzy
dizzy.
Oh!  I cannot bear much more,
I am trapped in a
revolving
. . . volving
. . . volving
. . . volving door!

The poem is funny because the person is trapped in the revolving door and is going around and around in circles.  But, this poem also describes how I feel during this busy time of year.  There is so much to do in so little time.  This week alone I have two band concerts and a PTSA meeting to attend, a field trip to go on with my class, and a Saturday class for my administrative credential.  I have yet to mail out my Christmas cards, and I am not finished with my Christmas shopping.  Don’t remind me that I have to wrap these presents, too.  Oh, and every year I make cookies for my friends at work.  I don’t know when I am going to get to that.  Sometimes I feel like a hamster running on a wheel.  I am running all over the place and not getting anywhere.

My friend (and neighbor) gets her shopping done early.  But, she shops for people all year long.  One of these days I will get it together and manage to be organized.  For now I will have to live with that dull pain in my neck and back due to stress.  I guess I should just appreciate the moment.  However, in all honesty, it will be a relief when the holidays are over.  Then, I can get off the hamster wheel and relax.