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July 27, 2009

Bad Mood Be Gone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:59

I’ve been in a perpetual bad mood lately.  Pretty obvi if you’ve been reading my posts lately.  And also pretty obvi that in order to change that I need A) sleep B) this test to be over C) my friends to force me to chill out. Well, A isn’t going to happen for a while as long as B still is hanging over my head.  So that leaves C but…

I’ve never been the type to be able to put away my work when times are getting tough.  My attitude has always been to put my nose to the grind stone.  Intellectually, though, I need to step back sometimes when I’m too close to my work in order to gain perspective. Very VERY hard for me to do.

First off, I’m going to complain that I had to organize the girls night out that is happening on Wednesday.  I am stressed silly so it is ridiculous for me to plan.  The silver lining is that I got to choose the time and place. So I chose to see HP6 in IMAX close to my house as a time that conveniences me (these are college friends who will have to drive anywhere from 40 mins to 1hr15).  Wednesday is going to be stressful because I have to come home from the city then turn right back around to catch the film.  As much as this is raising my blood pressure right now, I know deep in my heart that I need this night for my sanity.  Whatever anxiety I feel now will be worth it once I get to see ppl I care about.  This week is also going to be fun because I’m seeing T.Swift and Keith Urban on Friday with a high school friend.  I am pumped because I’ve been looking forward to this since February. Yay! Again, very very hard to do because I just want to hole up –> T-8 DAYS.

To talk about why I titled my post the way I did (because although I know the friend stuff will help, it just hasn’t happened yet) I had a tough workout that pushed me.  And hopefully all the gunk out of my life. The goal was to get out of the funk I’ve been in; just release it.  I pushed myself with squats, lunges, pushups etc ’til I didn’t think I could move.  Then I went out for a 7 miler.  The beginning of the run was awful because A) I had just done a circuit that left me breathless B) it was HOT (temp & humidity) C) the bad mood was lingering.

I am happy to say that once I told myself to quit bitchin’ because running is something I love doing; the running then got faster and happier.  I just needed that hour to clear my head and forget about my stress.  My body is so weird though, because yesterday I seriously thought I was overtrained because of how lethargic I was feeling, my irritability etc. but now I’m not so sure.  I should prolly *trytotakeiteasy* but I want to start cranking out tempos and actual training for the half I want to do over Labor Day. Any thoughts on the matter? The race is < 7 weeks away, so I’m not sure I want to lose any of that time. OTOH, if it is overtraining pushing through will likely make it worse…

And thanks for all the kind words about how I’m juggling everything.  Sometimes I lose sight of how much I really have on my plate.

Whatever anxiety I feel now will be worth it once I get to see ppl I care about.  This week is also going to be fun because I’m seeing T.Swift and Keith Urban on Friday with a high school friend.  I am pumped because I’ve been looking forward to this since February. Yay!
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3 Comments »

  1. Think of your running workouts like a sandwich- easy day, hard day, easy day. If you are planning to run the half in about 5 weeks, I would keep plugging along until you are a week out. At that point, cut mileage about 25%. If you feel sluggish or worn down during a training week, slow the pace, cut the speedwork, whatever you need to do. Also, don’t forget to taper w/ the circuit stuff the week before, too! Have fun w/ your friends!

    Comment by LARunner — July 28, 2009 @ 08:36

  2. Have you had a cutback week lately? That might take care of the overtraining.

    Comment by runjess — July 29, 2009 @ 12:13

    • not a *real* one. I tried two weeks ago and failed miserably!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 29, 2009 @ 18:30


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