Trapped at the Gym!

I have been doing my workouts in the evenings lately, due to the inclement weather and all the delays.  But I miss those early morning workouts!  So last night, I set my alarm extra early, hoping to get back on track.  When it jolted me awake at 6:15, I jumped out of bed, ready to face the day! As I was on my way out, my dad informed my that it was really cold outside.  My thought was well, duh, it’s 6:30am in the beginning of February.  Besides, I’m just going to be sweating in the gym or driving in my warm car. [foreshadowing!]  I got an excellent parking spot, greeted the early AM Y staff, and set up camp on a treadmill.

Before I run, I usually set a time goal, but this morning (since I had PLENTY of time before work) I decided to set a distance goal: 3 miles.  I took a walking/water break before each mile, and I finished in less than 35 minutes.   I was pleased because I finished (and you always come in first place when you run on your own, lol) but I am going to try and get speedier.  You know what that means? Sprints. (Gross.)

I headed to my car feeling tired and hungry, but super glad that it was only 7:15am and I’d already run 3 miles!  But then things got really exciting….my car wouldn’t start!  OH MY!  It’s a long story, but basically I had to wait in the (newly renovated!) lobby of the Y, then wait outside by my car as the guy tried to figure out why it wouldn’t start (the battery was fine!), and then wait for the tow truck to come bring my baby into the ER for Cars (thanks for coming my my rescue, Dad!).  Turns out the starter broke, and I was very late for work, but luckily Ingrid (that’s my car) was good as new by the end of the day.

We have the choice to address the unexpected as stressful or exciting.  This morning definitely tested me, but I chose exciting, simply because I knew that 1) no one was hurt, and 2) it was out of my control.  That’s just life! You never know what will happen during your day (even before 9am) and THAT is exciting. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite mantras, which definitely helped me remain calm through my exciting morning.

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease.  May I be happy.

May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease.  May you be happy.

May we be filled with loving kindness. May we be well. May we be peaceful and at ease.  May we be happy.

Namaste.

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