Happy Endorphins

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t. ” Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

I honestly did not think I would be writing about Elle Woods and Legally Blonde until I sat at my Mac and started typing. The energy going through me is fantastic having just  finished my speed intervals on the treadmill. Before I started my workout I did not feel that way at all. My day started this morning with a 2,500 meter swim. Since it has been a month since I did my first 100 meter time trial, I wanted to test again to see if I have progressed. I worked it into the middle of my swim. And the result – 1:52. Exactly what I swam a month ago. That stinks. I did 200 pull and tried again. 1:54. Okay, I was pushing it. A time trail should be all out, I think I did that the first time, so the second being a little slower makes sense. It wasn’t until I recorded my workout when I finished and texted my training partner with the results, I felt encouraged. I realized my maximum heart rate hit 148. When I did the time trial last month it was 152. I told her I guess I must be a bit more efficient now. With that point of view, I didn’t feel so bad. I am determined to improve next month and that takes discipline in training. As a fellow blogger commented yesterday – discipline yields dividends. I am investing.

This afternoon I was dragging. The run workout schedule calls for 10 x 400 speed intervals on the treadmill. I ran a total of 5 miles with warm up, interval recovery and warm down. It was a good workout. I finished feeling I accomplished a good thing. Then the endorphins kicked in. For me, nothing gives me that jolt like running. It erased the stresses of the day and I recalled the quote from one of my favorite fun movies, so I had to share.

Not every workout will be thrilling. As I have mentioned before, training progress is not linear. But if there is one thing, however small, that will bring happiness to the day, seize it. Mine came with endorphins and Elle Woods.


Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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