Sunday, May 23, 2010

Childlike Motivation

Thanks to everyone for their happy vacation wishes. Aruba was such a beautiful and relaxing place. Everyday was bright sunny and in the 90's. I am someone that thrives in such weather so when I came home to two days of overcast unseasonably cool weather it was a bit of a let down. I found myself starting to contact the PADS (Post Aruba Depression Syndrome) that the pilot had joked about on the flight home. I need to snap out of this I told myself and so I laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement. The crummy weather and the week of indulgence while away wasn't doing much to motivate my run and so I decided I needed to figure out a quick remedy. The best solution I could think of was to run somewhere I've never run before and so I veered off my usual neighborhood route and soon found myself near the entrance to my elementary school. "How fun will it be to do a lap around my old school!" I thought and I was so right! It was great to run through the school yard and reminisce about my friends and teachers. As I ran past the playground and saw the swings, I remembered how they were always my favorite. I also remembered the feeling of flight and weightlessness they always provide... a feeling that is awfully similar to the feeling I get on a great run. After I completed my lap, I ran home with a big smile on my face! It's amazing how a little change of scenery can change not only your mood but also your athletic performance. Photo from

Later that day, I decided I needed to hit the grocery store and stock up on some of the fruits and veggies that I neglected a little on vacation. Boy oh boy was I surprised and excited to see that cherries were back for the season! Cherries are my absolute favorite fruit and it's always a bummer that they are only available for such a short time every year. It was then that I realized I had found two positives in a day that started out dark and gray. Maybe life in New England ain't so bad afterall!


  1. I didn't know you had PADS. I cured it with our fun day on Friday right? HA! You know, there are frozen cherries available at the store year round. I have some in my freezer now. They are yummy - I usually eat them frozen as a snack. They are pretty close to fresh. Good to keep in mind for the fall and winter months.

  2. Oh, those cherries look so inviting. Are they the cure for PADS? I think so! Yum!