On a “lighter” note…

After last night’s post…which turned out to be pretty heavy…I’d like to turn to a more “lighter” side of life…to discuss how happy I’ve become with my most recent choice of exercise.  As many of you may have read in a post I put up a few months, my gym was out of commission due to electrical issues and for a few months, too!  Anyway, towards the end of those two months, my neighbor and I were so frustrated that we finally gave in and began to drive to Parque del Arte to go running on their track.

For those of you who are not from Puebla, I’d like to introduce you to one of the most pleasant experiences I’ve had since moving to Mexico…excepting, of course, how amazing my dives used to make me feel…as well as some other maybe more private moments…but all-in-all…my trips to Parque del Arte have been nothing but spectacular!  The flowers I’ve posted on FB/Instagram and and the sunsets really make you remember how beautiful nature really can be.

Today, my neighbor is out of town and so I jumped on my bike to go bike riding in San Andres…I considered just circling the pyramid a few times until the rains started (welcome to rainy season in Puebla, right?), when I discovered this track surrounding a soccer field where I thought I’d go running…at least until it rained.  Well, I can tell you that Mother Nature was on my side tonight!  She allowed me to run for 40 minutes, about 3 miles (más o menos), then time enough to bike home before she let out one of the strongest storms of this week!

And here are some of the pics I was fortunate enough to capture during my run…

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…makes me very grateful to be alive!

I used to consider my daily workouts to be a burden…something that just HAD to be done every other day or so.  My eating and exercise routine has gone through many changes during the past 7 years, since I’ve been in Mexico.  My exercise routine has ranged from diving and running everyday to P90X and Insanity (OMG!  My rotary cuff still does not allow me to raise my left hand over my head properly!), to what I tend to do now…which is running every other day (got to give my body a rest in the middle).  And even my running routine has evolved to a place where I think I am now most content.

I joined a gym maybe 2 years ago, which allowed me to run on a treadmill.  The elevation here takes some getting used to and I have to be honest, I was nervous about running on pavement (for my poor knees) and becoming winded as a result of it.  The gym was fun…I have a great neighbor who has joined me 90% of my trips there and she’s great company!  We’d run there a few times a week and my kindle would actually allow me the ability to enlarge the print so that I might be able to read while I ran.  It distracted me from the actual task of running…worked for me!

Then the A/C broke and the air in the gym got so thick you just couldn’t breath anyway!  I already mentioned the electrical issues that lead us to discover the track in Parque del Arte…which I’ve even gone to on my own.  On days when I go with my neighbor, it’s always good to walk and chat to catch up on gossip and what’s going on in the world.  But when I’m alone, I have to tell you how much I just love being part of nature!  To witness some of the most amazing sunsets in the world while running to keep light and fit.  I feel like I can breath better than ever and running just gives me such a feeling of reflection and meditation, that it could literally rain storms on me and I may not even notice it!  As I run around a park or soccer field, whether it be here in San Andres or by Cosco, it really just makes me think about and reflect on everything going on in my own life.  What I accomplished or planned for the day/night/weekend or consider those who I haven’t seen in a while…a chance to visit past experiences to contemplate their affect on me as well as the relationships I have going on in my life.

I know that many people do not have the time or tools to be able to go running as often I am fortunate enough to be able to do.  But I can tell you that running (or any type of exercise) is not just about keeping in shape and staying “light” and fit…it’s such a treatment for our soul.  Such a necessity to spend time within our own minds as we condition our bodies…whether that be during a run, swim or bike ride.  I really believe that it’s so important for each of us to do exactly that…get out of our own heads and look at our lives from the outside…make sure that where you are is exactly where you want to be.

After looking at those pics of those amazingly, monstrous clouds and remembering the colors of the flowers and trees I see during my runs, I know that I am exactly where I want to be in this world!  I count myself lucky to be able to run and get out of bed every morning to appreciate the good things in life and attempt to leave the bad in my rear view mirror…where it belongs.

Ciao for now…

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