I started out on a marathon training run a year ago listening to an audiobook I’d checked out from the library and downloaded on my iPod about Augusten Burroughs’ struggle with sobriety, and here I am a year later and more than 365 workouts later. Is it OK to workout everyday? Yes, it is. And you should! If I can do it, you can do it. This blog is proof of that.
Today’s workout of running was actually a little anti-climactic, I have to confess. It’s not that this wasn’t a great workout or a great goal to have achieved, but it’s again another day and another workout, and I really pushed it at the end. My boyfriend and I ran three miles around Town Lake, and it wasn’t until we got back to the car that what I’d just completed sank in. I said, “Hey, I just finished 365 days! I deserve a kiss.” So he kissed me and said, “I’m proud of you. I really enjoyed running with you today.” Awww, sugar face.
Yet, while running, I was aware of what I was doing. And every once in a while during the run, I could feel my cheeks tighten with a grin. The first song on my iPod was Bush’s “Comedown” (aka “This Cloud”) and while it’s a song about the ups and downs of a relationship, it’s hard to understand Gavin Rossdale’s British accent sometimes. However, at the beginning of the run, I really did feel like his understandable chorus of “I don’t want to come back down from this cloud/It’s taken me all this time to find out what I need, yeah.” And that’s true. It’s taken me a year to get to this point, and I don’t want to look back.
After our run, I enjoyed a beer and a steak and spinach salad then rewarded myself with a pedicure. My nail girl, Helen, asked me if I workout everyday. It was then that realized that I must come in to get my nails done wearing workout clothes all the time. I answered her question with yes and told her what today was, but it was lost on her and the translation. She told me that she wished she could work out more but when she gets home she’s so tired. I said I’ve had days like that, but I work out anyway.
Tonight, I opened a bottle of Spanish wine that my personal trainer gave me for Christmas. I felt it was the right time to open that bottle given the fact that she can definitely share in this goal (albeit, through the gift of wine), and low and behold, I found a block of untouched Spanish Manchego cheese in my fridge. That paired perfectly with my wine. This is a good victory dinner, I decided. And I’m a grown-up so I can have wine and cheese for dinner if I wanna. I enjoyed this “me” time with my wine and cheese, followed by a long hot Aveeno bath and a documentary.
After sharing my accomplishment on Facebook and Twitter, my friends were like, “What are you going to do now?” Keep going, that’s what. I don’t want to come off this cloud. It’s taken me a year — no, all my life — to get to this point and to find out what I need, and I don’t want to look back. I do feel like this is something I need every day. Just get up and move your ass each day. One day at a time.
(NOTE: This blog post originally appeared on www.aworkoutaday.com, an archived blog I maintained for more than two years to chronicle consecutive daily workouts during that time.)