Random stuff and a 4.7 mile run

Things have been a little tough for me lately.  I don’t really know why.  Maybe it is post marathon depression or just the fact I haven’t been able to run.  Either way, I feel as if I am slowly falling into a hole that is slowly getting deeper.  I could climb out if I want, but I am beginning not to want to, and that is a problem.

Okay, that is more about me then I wanted to share.

Yesterday I took matters into my own hands, feet, legs, etc.  After messing up on the time for church and getting there 45 minutes early, I went to get gas and coffee while I waited. I filled my tank and it overflowed.  Nice.  Now I get to go to church smelling like gas.  I went to the store where I got the gas to wash my hands, but it was closed.  So I went out to find another convenience store.  In that store I got a bottled iced coffee and as I went to throw away the plastic that was over the lid, I poured half the coffee on the floor.  Hmmm.  Not going to be a good day.

I finally made it to church and then headed home.  By this time I was done.  Over my limit.  I didn’t care about my hip, my achilles, my heel spur!  I was going to run.

I got into my running clothes and went out the door.  I think it was the best run I’ve had in a very long time.  I didn’t push it.  I just ran.  I ran my 3 mile route and still felt good so decided to head onto another 2 mile section.  Frankly I felt like I could have gone further, but decided to end at my house which actually got me to 4.7 miles.  All in all it was just pleasant.  The weather was nice, it was quite and I could just be alone with no one needing me for anything.  

Did I say it was my birthday?  I got a Pebble watch.  Pretty cool as it gives notifications from my iPhone directly on the watch.  No more having to pull my phone out of my pocket each time there is a bleep.  Also it shows my running stats from my phone during my run, so I could just look down and see how I was doing rather than having to turn on my iPhone.

Life goes on.  Nothing changes.  I am thankful I could run yesterday.  I hope I’ll run again today.  

Maybe that hole isn’t as big as I thought.

16 thoughts on “Random stuff and a 4.7 mile run

  1. Happy late birthday!! Glad you got fed up enough to go out and “run it out.” Perhaps that was just what you needed?? Hoping today is a better day for you – get that run in before we get pummeled by the “arctic blast.” 😉

  2. Happy Birthday! 🙂 When I couldn’t run or had to be okay with only three short runs a week I got extremely unmotivated. Life just didn’t feel as meaningful. Glad you had a good run yesterday. When you can’t run try to set yourself some other short term goals just to keep you going. It worked for me and in a few weeks I’ll be adding speed to my training!

    • It is hard, isn’t it. I guess not running is also part of the discipline of running in a strange way. Walking really helped keep me in the habit of getting outside. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  3. Happy Be-lated Birthday!! I am grateful running is going better for you, that hole you are talking about? Is just a challenge to be overcome, going from hardcore training to not being able to train like you want is frustrating, discouraging, disheartening and you have every right to be sad about it. It plain f-ing sucks. But there is a lesson in it all and you will be stronger and wiser for it! I have been there and I know for certain you will make a strong comeback! 🙂

    • Thank you very much. And thank you for the belated birthday wishes. This past year has really been an amazing year looking back. A lot of ups and a lot of downs. Sometimes it is hard to see the ups through the downs. But I’m inspired by other bloggers, especially you! My Lovely Wife was just talking to my daughter about something you wrote in a blog post about a difficult teacher when you were younger and how you saw the good in the situation. Thank you for helping us by talking about your struggles!!!

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