What a difference a day makes, twenty-four little hours…
Dinah Washington was so right. Twenty-four little hours can make all the difference. About three weeks ago I began to really struggle to run the same “bits and pieces” and “hills” that I had worked so hard to conquer. Mentally, I was too tired to even try to run, physically, it just wasn’t happening. I began to fret about it…how could I have lost the strength and stamina to do things that I had been doing (fairly) easily just four weeks before? Would I ever get back to the same level or did this signal a downward spiral (okay, downward spiral is a little overly dramatic, but you get what I mean).
Then I realized that what I needed most was rest. I mean real rest. I took a break from all (well, most) of the things that consume my time after work, and I merely and quite simply rested. I didn’t work out for 24 hours. I didn’t even think about it. When I woke up this morning, my first thought was not, “I need to work out”, instead, I got up, drank some homemade ice coffee (I have a great recipe, if you are interested, let me know), and then I sat on the couch and talked with Jimmy about our day. It was so nice. And then a strange thing happened…I suddenly felt like going for a walk. So I got ready with the idea that if I felt like it, I would run, but if I didn’t feel like it, then no worries. Guess what happened? At the place where I typically begin my run, I thought, “why not try it and see how you feel”. I started to run and I felt fine — I mean good — actually — I felt awesome. I realized that what I had needed most was to give myself a physical and mental break. Our bodies tell us when we need to rest, we need to listen. Our minds tell us when we need a break, we need to listen.
So, while I am certain that when Dinah sings, “What a difference a day makes, twenty-four little hours…”, she isn’t singing about the need to take a rest from our workout routines, however, it was the song that popped into my mind as I began running today:
What a difference a day made
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain
Have a blissful Thursday.
P.S. If you want to give yourself a real treat, click on the link to “What a Difference a Day Makes”, or click Dinah’s picture, then close your eyes, and just listen. I think you will agree it is a great way to spend 2:30 seconds of 24 little hours.