Hey friends! Another Tuesday is upon us…and I hope you’ve had a great start to your week. I kind of like getting back into the flow of things on Mondays; maybe it’s because I have an awesome job!
If you ever wondered what, exactly, it’s like to be greeted by a mobile personal trainer like me at your door come sleet, hail, snow or shine, take a look a the clip below – a great interview thanks to Shaw TV Calgary!
Pretty fun to get to do that interview and to do so with my friend and client, Nicole! You might recognize her from our “Fat Tuesday” get together’s where our friends gather, eat good food, drink good wine and talk about life every Tuesday night. Her baby is awesome too – love the littlest member of our small group, “Slippery Pete!” 😉
Speaking of good food, I’ve been making an effort to eat more greens in the form of loaded salads. I was successful with this one the other day, and also made a big vat of cabbage soup filled with veggies for the week.
I ate this after a great BodyRock workout and after watching my dad preach online, live streaming, down in California! We had gone to church Saturday night, Mikey was skiing while I was trying to rest from feeling sick, and my mom emailed saying I could watch my dad preach online! It was so neat…he is so gifted, God-fearing, and also so handsome. His Scottish accent also makes it easy to listen to him speak. 😉 I said, “Hi dad!” excitedly a few times. He preached from Luke about Jesus walking with us through hard times, meeting us on the road we’re on, and about how when we know him and see him on that road with us, it rekindles our hearts and sets them ablaze again, even despite the pain. It was so encouraging!
Since it’s Tuesday, make sure to check out Lindsay’s Tuesday Trainer moves! Today’s theme is all about stretching…something I don’t do enough and struggle to keep in my training program. Simply click the button below to take you to some great feats of flexibility.In more other news, Monday was a bittersweet day. The bitter and sweet really flow together, actually, dancing together as they do in life. It had been almost 2 weeks since I’d gone for a run due to some crazy weather and a pretty bad cold, cough and scratchy throat that hurt when I got out of breath. I was able to keep up with my indoor workouts, but any time I became winded, I’d have to slow down or take a break because my throat was burning so bad.
Today, however, I woke up and KNEW I was feeling better. After 2 days of snow and a drop in temperature, I was ready to take my workout into the sunshine and test out my body. I was hoping for 10 miles inside, but told myself to listen to my body and do what I could. Sometimes I find this hard as I get a number in my mind and really want to complete a workout, but I knew not to push it.
As soon as I started running, I instantly began shedding layers and could feel the warmth of the sun on my body – what a beautiful thing in February! I appreciated the realization of that warmth so much. 😀 I stashed my jacket, tucked my gloves into running tights, and kept moving, feeling much better after the tentativeness of the first mile. I wasn’t coughing much and my throat was doing pretty well, so I kept moving. Past my turn-around point, feeling more like I was just released into the good weather after being cooped up inside like all the playful pups around me on the trail.
As I turned and headed for home, I hoped I was about 5 miles into my run, just going by time and not distance (no Garmin) and going with how my body felt. I knew I was running slower than normal because I was hitting my landmarks at about a minute or two behind my usual pace, but I was simply happy to be out there, moving, lasting that long, under the sun.
Then, at around (estimated) mile 8, I started to lose steam. Every incline slowed me way down and I started to realize I hadn’t exactly fueled for 10+ miles; I could feel the hunger in my stomach and felt the affects of being low on fuel. It was at that moment that a friend came to mind. A guy named Adam from Winnipeg who Mikey and I met at a Young Adult Cancer Canada retreat last year. He seemed the picture of health when we first greeted, a gym teacher with chiseled muscles and a winning smile. But the fact that he was there meant he wasn’t fully healthy, and as we got to know Adam and more of his story we found out he had liver cancer that was metastasized throughout his body. Sadly, Adam’s fight with cancer was lost this weekend, and he passed away from the disease. Thoughts of him began flooding my mind: how he was growing weaker and thinner towards the end of his days; how he mentioned how much closer he became with his sister and parents; how he still had that smile to the end and was one of the most amiable and kind men I’d ever met.
Knowing that he loved to move, I started thinking about how much he would have loved to feel his quads burn and his throat ache from the sharp sting of the cool air, and I started pushing. I was hurting but not hurting like he was, and it kept me moving. I remembered another friend, Genn, who passed away from her battle with cancer earlier this week and left a husband and two young children. The run became more meaningful, more than my return to running after almost 2 weeks, and I passed the turn off to home for one more lap around some neighborhood sidewalks. I finished the run feeling thoughtful and quiet, thankful for life and a body that can move.
Bittersweet. 12.4 miles that became more significant than I would have thought, thankful for motion and sunshine and community, for these lives that I had the privilege of knowing.
I’ve been praying for Adam’s and Genn’s families, and thinking of them and the rest of my YACC family a lot lately. To celebrate their lives (which were lived so fully!), here’s the ski video Mikey made this weekend as he was out with two friends. It’s a video of people loving movement, loving life and loving community.
Keep living well and loving others, friends! Have a great rest of your Tuesday and I’ll catch you guys later,