Don't get me wrong, a day outside is still way better than a day at the desk. But sometimes...it just isn't my day. Am I the only one? I've had a string of these lately. For example: drive to ski, and the snow is like concrete, impossible to stop without crashing. Go for a run and discover a sheet of ice on my "too snowy to run in the woods but this should be okay" route. Go for a bike ride and discover strong winds, but am committed to the rest of the route.
For the hike in the picture above, I slogged up the backside of Mount Howard. It is never an easy hike, topping out at over 8,000 feet, gaining three thousand feet in as many miles, and in snowshoes it is even harder. Still, I wasn't feeling it. I shuffled along at redline, and it's easy to let the mind go dark: am I out of shape? Why am I so tired? Why can't I pick up the pace? What's wrong with me?!
While I hate the millenial term YOLO (You Only Live Once), I believe it. That's why I want things to go smoothly when I get the chance to be outdoors, even though I know that there will always be "Those Days". Like my life coach (aka "Husband") says: it's important to acknowledge the feeling (frustration, tiredness, whatever it is) and let it go. I'm working on it.
Do you ever have Those Days? What do you do to push through?