I didn’t have a stellar start to my week.
But it ended well.
Here’s my workouts for the week:
- Monday: Balance only
- Tuesday: Run 3km (Mental Health Run)
- Wednesday: Run 4km, Pump, Balance. Today I ran at about 3:30pm, when I still had a bit of daylight. I found the 4km quite awkward and challenging. Pump seemed ridiculously heavy. I blame the fact that I only ate bread and drank tea for about 10 days leading up to this. Not only did I not have enough nutrients to give me strength and energy, but I had to deal with an unsettled gut. Time for me to eat right again!
- Thursday: I started eating good again – but didn’t get a workout in. By the time I had sorted out what was happening at work, it was already 10 minutes into Attack and I was buggered. But I went to the shops and bought some fruits and veggies and ate a decent nutritious meal and started taking vitamins to replace what might have been missing.
- Friday: No workout. Worked, packed and got in the car heading off to the in-laws.
- Saturday: Ran 4km on the marvellous gravelly hilly road in front of the in-laws place. It was such a nice day, and such a good run, but I found the hills really stretched me. 4 hilly kilometres was far more challenging than my typical 5km loop here at home. Time to get back on the hills!
- Sunday: No run. Packed up and headed to Manjimup to pick up TK from the trainers. And I rode him!
This was my brilliant finish. Just this one ride reminded me how much I missed being a horse person. I felt confident and though clearly he and I were not at our best – both stiff, tired, unpractised – we were both doing our best, enjoying our time, and I could feel how this was going to lead to great things.
All I could think about on the way home was ‘How am I going to fit more riding in?’
I’m excited again.
I feel pleased, proud, and happy to be able to define myself as a horse person again.
Being a horse person is a founding defining characteristic of who I am, and I missed it when doubt and fear clouded my abilities.
I hope to chase fear and doubt out permanently and just enjoy riding again!!