elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Listening To My Heart

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I have been good at listening to my body, but it doesn’t mean I have to like what I hear. This morning my resting heart rate was 64. That is what it is when I am strolling, not laying in bed. I really wanted to get my tempo run in before work, but I knew that was not the smartest thing to do when I clearly needed rest. So I slept a bit more.

It didn’t help. All morning I was dragging and wanted to go back to bed. I had several important meetings at work today, so I relied on caffeine to get me through. I was able to leave after my meetings and get to the gym. I ran a modified tempo run – a mile warm up and four miles at my target race pace for the triathlon, between 10:45 and 11:00 minute pace. After a total of five miles I walked a quarter mile cool down. I was tired during my run, but it still felt good. My heart rate stayed in the upper end of my zone three, which is what I was going for. All in all I felt good during the run.

After I headed outside and took a nap in the sun by the pool. It closes Monday, so I am literally soaking it in while it lasts. When I awoke I glanced at my heart rate monitor – 87. I am napping and my heart rate is almost double what is should be. I am sure my tiredness coupled with the caffeine is at fault. Oh and maybe the run…

So now I will be able to get to bed early and hopefully get the rest I need. Even though I was a bit out of it today – I had a good run, I got to nap in the sun, and made a new friend as a result of one of my meetings. See, each day has good parts. All I have to do is look for it.

Author: 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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