Sunday, July 02, 2006

Physical challenges, small victories

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I enjoy being physically active. I enjoy exercising, being outdoors, playing sports--there's just something so freeing and relaxing about being active, moving my body, pushing and challenging myself. This week was a banner week for me on that front, for several reasons:

* I finally mastered this one particular technique in a sport I regularly play that I've never been able to do before. And as I was doing it, correctly and perfectly, it was like I saw the whole thing unfolding in slow motion. (Maybe those of you who play sports know what I'm talking about--those rare moments when you get the timing perfectly correct, and you can just *see* everything clearly unfolding in front of you? It was exactly like that.)

* Several years ago, I injured myself pretty badly while running. For a long time, I thought I would never be able to run regularly again as a result of the injury. This week, I ran over 3 miles on 2 separate occasions--totally pain free. It has been a long and slow process to get to this point, so to say I'm ecstatic about this is putting it mildly.

* This weekend, I went cycling with Mr. Jane, and pushed myself to a level that I thought I was incapable of reaching. (I wonder if the running is helping my cycling?)

I feel like I spend so much of my time in my head; spending time focusing on the physical, and being able to celebrate those accomplishments, is a welcome change.


Scooter said...

As you know from education, the little victories add into big success. Congratulations!

Milos said...

Come on over to my new address and help me with the boxes! I'll be ordering pizza and we'll have cold beer at the end of the night. Maybe even a tomato or two.

Jane said...

Thanks, Scooter!

Milos, trust me, you don't want me to help you move. I am a big whiner when it comes to moving, packing, etc. Although the cold beer does sound tempting. :)