I’m not going to lie, last week was rough. My Mom was in the hospital recovering from her hip surgery. I had a lot going on at work and had to push back on clients trying to pile on more so I could preserve my long weekend. None of my kids came home for Thanksgiving. My Mom was still in the hospital over Thanksgiving, so we revised and simplified our plans even further. I accidentally published a half-written version of this post via the WordPress App instead of saving a draft. And so on.
But I am a glass half-full person, and I know I can’t pour from an empty cup (how’s that for mixed metaphors?), so I put on my own oxygen mask and spent some along the Mount Vernon Trail.
Filling My Cup Along The Mount Vernon Trail
When we learned my Mom would not be discharged on Friday, we decided to go for a short ride along the Mount Vernon Trail, from Belle Haven to Mt. Vernon.
From there, we checked on her house and brought her the Starbucks chai concoction she’d been craving–a grande steamed milk with two chai tea bags and one pump of chai syrup.
That plan worked out so well I decided to repeat it Saturday, with a run instead of a bike ride. That’s when I took that gorgeous picture above, and these:
Isn’t that tree gorgeous!
Frost on the bridge made it slippery.
I loved how the sunlight filtered through the trees.
Those leaves were perilous on our bike ride but I was cautious.
I noticed the pond on the right on my bike ride.
The time outside and gorgeous scenery really boosted my mood and helped me keep a positive outlook. My Mom is recovering well, my kids did a great job fixing their own Thanksgiving feasts, and my clients are accommodating my re-juggled schedule.
This week proved the value of having a morning workout routine. From Tuesday on, we started each day thinking my Mom might be transferred to rehab or discharged, but I was able to got to my early morning fitness class, get my urgent work done, and get to the hospital before rush hour … and learn she was staying put another day, because rehab was still full and she wasn’t quite ready to be sent home.
Monday: strength workout at home
Tuesday: 5:30 am ride at CycleBar
Wednesday: 5:00 am OTF class
Thursday: 6 mile run before tackling my pain in the ass apple pie recipe
For better or worse, it’s worth the extra effort!
Friday: 21.75 mi bike ride
Saturday: 8.5 mi run
Sunday: CorePowerYoga with Deborah
Did you #optoutside this weekend?
Did you score any amazing Black Friday deals?