I got out for a 12.75 mile bike ride last night. It wasn't very eventful other than the fact that I had to dress for 50 degree weather, and I cheered a local cross country team as they ran along side me down the Southbelt Trail. But it was wonderful just getting out for a ride.
"I got out for a ride." I realized today that I use that phrase a lot. I got out for this ride, or I got out for that run. It got me thinging about why those particular words come to mind when I think about my workouts.
I think the significance of the phrase is a combination of things:
"I got out for a ride" like " I got to go out for a ride..." It's a joy and a priviledge - a gift - to ride.
"I got out for a run" like " I made it out for a run..." It's an accomplishment to carve the time out of my schedule - a goal met - to run.
"I got out for a ride" like "I got out for a ride..." I escaped the normal routine of the day and the confines of the climate-controlled, chair-dominated indoors to ride. I got out the door with my arms raised in a hug for the sky (especially when the sun is in it!) and a big, silly grin on my face.
I feel a little bit of all of these things when I get out for a workout. I feel free, strong, healthy and happy. No wonder I keep doing this stuff.