A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

A good little run in Utah to get my mind right

on October 27, 2014

Last Thursday, I was in a really grumpy and whiny place mentally. I was tired from travel and still beating myself up a bit for overeating over the weekend before and was feeling more than a little on edge. Thankfully, I got a good night’s sleep and woke up Friday feeling like I was in a much better place. A big part of what helped, other than the sleep, was a gorgeous easy little run to mark Utah off of my 50 states list. I confess, the only reason I hauled myself out of bed to run was so I didn’t this opportunity to mark one more state off of the list. That’s 4 this month!

Sunny, with mountains in the distance any where you turned!

Sunny, with mountains in the distance any where you turned!

I didn’t have any set plan for time or distance, other than the half mile I’ve decreed to mark a state as completed. I headed off in the direction of Temple Square, which was about a mile away.

I passed lots of beautiful buildings along the way.

I passed lots of beautiful buildings along the way.

The streets were all remarkably clean! The run felt like a real struggle to start with, feeding into my negative mental loop, but like most runs, it got easier once I started paying attention to my surroundings and just letting my legs do their job. It turns out, they know what they’re doing and it actually ended up being a really easy speedy little run in the second half!

Gorgeous church!

Gorgeous church!

Once I reached the church, I stopped my Garmin and just walked around for a while. It was so peaceful in the Temple Square complex of churches and really helped me reset my mind. Talking to a woman at a red light about my awesome SparkleSkirt also helped. 🙂

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imageI also made a brief side trip to a little park before heading back to my hotel. You guys know I’m a sucker for a little bridge. 🙂

The run I did get in was gorgeous and checked Utah off of my list (more pics coming later)

The run I did get in was gorgeous and checked Utah off of my list (more pics coming later)

All in all, this little run was less than 2.5 miles but I traveled leagues in terms of resetting my negative frame of mind, remembering that I’m in charge of my body, not food, not stress, not anyone else – it’s all just me and I can make it do wonderful things. I’m so glad I had this little 50 state challenge to force me to hit the road that morning!

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