Friday, January 13, 2012

Run for FUN

Okay it might not sound like fun to you. But . . . I've been running to work this week and I'm really enjoying it. . .well, parts of it. The truth is it's very hard to get out of my warm cozy bed when I've been cuddled up to my hubby to brave the freezing cold breezes and the plummeting temperatures of Portland's wintery weather with nothing more than my running gear.

But, once I get going. . .

I'm in a different world. This must be what it means to "get in the zone". I can run and run and the world seems to become a better place... for a few minutes. Running clears my head and helps me get energized for work.

I'm sitting most of the day in a comfortable temperature controlled office environment so challenging myself to meet the environment head-on is invigorating.

Now, I've got to admit that I live on a mountain...a small one inside the city limits. But, when I run to work, I'm running downhill most of the way...they are a few inclines (and those are challenging) but most of the run is on a downward slope. So that's easier than what some people would have to face. Plus, it's only about 4 and 1/2 miles from my front door to my office. Another, not so bad fact.

I've only been running to work this week but I feel good about doing it. Not only is it healthier for me, I save money on gas, and I'm helping Protect the Planet by living Green.

And, if you're not ready to run, you might want to try biking to work, at least then you can coast on the downhill slopes :)


David Batista said...

I would love to run to work . . . but my office is 13 miles away, and I don't feel like running half-marathons every morning. :)

What you're doing sounds like a great way to keep in shape, too. Way to go!

Jen on the Edge said...

What a great way to start the day.

Naturally, my mind starts obsessing over details: Do you have a shower at work for post-run freshening up? I sweat so much when I run that I'm not fit to be around humans or animals until I've cleaned up.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I wish I could bike to work. I could never run (too sweaty and panty) but I would definitely bike!

Kim Kasch said...

DB: a half marathon every morning...YIKES that would make it a little hard to get out of a warm cozy bed...

JOTE: Yeah we have a really nice work out facility in our building with showers (and they provide the towels, shampoo, body wash, blowdryers) there is no excuse not to do it.

GG: I actually think it's easier to run than to bike. All the cars when I'm biking make me nervous .... running I'm on the sidewalk - they'd have to try to hit me ;) not saying it couldn't happen - but biking next to cars - in the street - is stressful to me. :(