Fun outside today!

At Genessee park, I did some jogging, ran up a short hill a few times, then played on the low, zigzagging balance beam. I walked barefoot on it for a while and did several pistols on each foot. Then I stood to the side of it and practiced jumping onto it. It’s a foot to 16 inches high and surrounded by rubber chips that look like red gravel but are slightly easier on the feet. It was fun to be able to stick the landing, but with practice I should be able to do it from farther off. I also jumped onto the beam sideways, landing with one foot and then the other in front. Then I climbed a tree just a little way.

Then I did some barefoot running in the giant grass field. It didn’t hurt my compromised right foot and I didn’t seem to get winded as quickly. I was probably going really slow, but what seemed to be going on was that I was distracted by the feeling of how I was placing my feet, and how every step felt a little different, so that my breathing was a bit more relaxed. I probably went 800 meters. I was just making loops around various parts of this huge lawn, occasionally uphill or downhill slightly.

I ran to the kids’ playground and did a couple of skin the cats on various things. I did some pull-ups and some hand over hand on the rings. I tried to kip across this one structure but my feet were too close to the ground. I also half-heartedly tried to get on top of the equipment, but couldn’t. There was some stuff in the way based on how it’s all configured… but I should be able to get up there! I need to get somebody to go with me so I’ll try harder.

I ran through the park and across the road to the lake shore and did several sets of broad jumps up the slope to the road, pull-ups on a tree, and downward-facing push-ups. Then just to make sure I was tired out I ran along the shore and included three all-out sprints. (All-out is relative!) It felt great to play outside and improvise.

I had a lot of energy after our trip to Bellingham yesterday. We sat in the back yard after 7:30 when we got home, and I reverted to eight years old doing cartwheels on the lawn and practicing my handstands and backbends. I almost decided to go for a bike ride, but didn’t. I found myself thinking about working out today and looking forward to it. Usually it’s something I take for granted or feel nervous about. Why did I have such an urge to exercise? I learned at the AHS last week that it’s leptin sensitivity and leptin signalling that compels us to burn energy. Dr Lustig said “Energy expenditure equals quality of life.” When you don’t “have the energy” to exercise you feel crummy. Anything that makes you burn energy feels good. When your insulin is down and you are leptin sensitive, you get the urge to burn.

What I ate yesterday and Saturday, working backwards from yesterday:
Sardines, apple, almond butter, wine; bunless burger, loads of sweet potato fries, coffee; eggs, meat and spinach; (Saturday) Steak, broccoli, wine; sausage, kombucha, apple, almond butter; eggs, meat, spinach. Could it have been the extra carb on Sunday (sweet potato fries) that gave me all that energy??