Date: December 8, 2011
Time: 12:30 pm
Weather: Sunny/37 degrees F
Location: Lake Griffy/Bloomington, IN
Why: No matter how much I enjoy being a student I will always have a strong dislike for the end of the semester. While there is the thrill of moving forward and wrapping something up, I always dread the overload of final tests and papers.
With that in mind, my time the past two weeks has been filled with an abundance of writing and studying. Add in a weekend adventure to New Orleans to watch the Saints beat the Lions, and my schedule has been provided little free time.
It is during hectic times like these I value running the most. While my training has been anything but consistent even the short three mile run I can sneak in is well worth it. Last fall at my sister’s medical school white coat ceremony, one of the speakers captured the sentiment nicely by stating it is during the times you feel overwhelmed and busy that you need exercise the most.
Even when it seems I will become more stressed simply by taking the time to run, in the end, even just a twenty minute jaunt around neighborhood helps me feel more balanced and productive.
For today’s five mile run, I left my lab report and lunch on the table and snuck away to enjoy a few minutes free from academic tasks. Wearing two staple pieces of my fall wardrobe, I was bright and visible in my Saucony Ethereal Jacket in ViZiPRO pink. Featured in one of my Running Village videos, the jacket is not only highly reflective, it is also wind and water resistant. As a thinner coat, it keeps me warm in 30-40 degree F weather when layered over a moisture-wicking t-shirt.
On the bottom, I wore my favorite capri tights: the Nike Filament Capri. Featured in my debut blog post, these comfortable and well-fitting tights see more wear than any other piece in my wardrobe. Whether for running or heading to gym to lift, these will always be a go-to item.
Having returned from my run, I am feeling refocused and ready to tackle the few assignments that remain in my semester. While not everyone has the pressure of schoolwork, this time of year is notoriously hectic in every profession and walk of life.
With the rush of the season, it can be challenging to get out the door, but even if it is just for a few minutes, do not let running (or other exercise) get pushed to the background. You may find it is just the thing you need to improve your mood and productivity.