Wednesday, July 26, 2006

beautiful workout today

I love summer, and I am especially loving THIS summer, because it's my first summer off in eight years. I am doing work on the dissertation but also getting plenty of goof-off time in, and I have time to do my workouts whenever I want.

This morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and just wasn't tired anymore. My husband was awake too, so we decided to get up, have coffee and breakfast, and take a walk. I put on my running clothes and ended up letting him head back home on his own while I did a short (2 mile) run on this rail trail that we have.

It was still cool and the sun was just coming up, making everything pink and hazy. The trail passes through corn fields, a mobile home park, and then goes under a highway bridge into a scrap of leftover prairie land full of chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, thistles, milkweed, grasses, and other wild plants I wish I could name. The birds and butterflies love this part of the trail and I also saw a few baby rabbits.

Even this early there were lots of other bikers and walkers out, plus a couple of runners, so I felt safe running alone. I am really going to miss mornings like this in the middle of December.

I figured I did about 22-25 minutes of running and maybe an hour of walking to and from the trail. Plus there was still some leftover coffee when I got back.

1 comment:

  1. You said:
    "I heard somewhere that our bodies make the enzymes we need to digest the foods we're used to eating. So you are probably no longer able to handle a lot of chemicals, fat, or sugar. A lot of vegetarians get sick from eating anything with meat or even broth in it because their bodies don't handle it well anymore."

    This is so timely. My youngest has been seen at Riley children's Hospital for years. She has had all manor of severe digestive problems/pain. She goes in two weeks to have ultrasounds, scopes, and other tests done. They just called me yesterday to see if she can take part in a study. They are taking more samples from her scopes to test than normal. AND they are using IV to run protein Enzymes through her during the scope so they can see how her bowels/digestive track processes.

    I am very glad to have her participate as there is VERY little research on Pediatric Gastro AND, this may tell us more about HER also.

    My guess is that I probably have a very mild "case" of whatever she has (IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the current diagnosis)because I see more and more milder similarities between us all the time.


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