Yesterday I left work around 6 and I was a complete stress case. There was some really ridiculous drama going on at work that left me in a position where I was going to be forced to break a promise to a friend/co-worker. I do NOT break promises, and I really don't like it when I am forced to. I left work super frustrated and pretty much stressed out of my mind.
I got home and it was BEAUTIFUL outside--70 degrees! Hellooooo, Spring! Thanks for showing up! I decided the best way to get rid of my stress was to go for my scheduled run and clear my head. Apparently it has been a while since I've ran in warm weather...I nearly died in the heat! I was so fatigued! I forgot that even though 4.5 miles takes less than an hour for me so I normally don't need water, the heat factor causes me to sweat and overheat and I really really need water on all my runs during the summer! Lesson learned! I ended up having to walk a stretch around the 3.5 mile mark just to build up a short burst of energy to finish the run. Did I ever mention how bad I hate walking on runs? I feel like I've cheated and then the run/distance doesn't count...stupid, but that's how I feel!
It was a great reminder why I love working out. I felt like a champion. I was proud of myself and overall just happy for no good reason. The stresses of work still remained, but somehow they were less intense. Running/biking had eliminated the emotions connected to the work drama and allowed me to think rationally and come up with alternate solutions. Score!
I ended the day with this:
This weekend has some more activities that will be sure to help the cause. We are biking the Jem trail tonight (either 6 miles or the 12 mile loop which terrifies me), and then tomorrow I am going to try for another 10 mile run. And then a hike if I can still walk. I don't have much hope for that last one! This is the Emerald Pools trail I would like to go to if it happens:
What fun plans do you have for the first weekend in April?