How do you deal with stress? I used to be a huge emotional eater (and still am, but I’ve reined that in a bit), but now I run instead. I made the mistake of not running during my lunch break today to ease my mind. I took a nap, which was nice because I had to get up earlier than usual this morning, but now I feel the itch to run. I feel like Bartleby does in the picture below. Can I end this day and just hide? I’m feeling overwhelmed at work (although I have great managers who help prioritize my hefty workload right now) and financially. There’s nothing I can do about both things at the moment, but my mind races in fifty different directions sometimes—I almost feel manic.
I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday morning. I was worried about eating breakfast at 7 and then running at 8 (read: side-stitch fears), but I was fine nearly the entire time. I had peanut butter toast, a banana, and my protein coffee. I didn’t drink any water beforehand, which might explain why I was so thirsty throughout the run. I drank over 60 ounces of water and had to stop twice to refill my FuelBelt. I stopped once at a Subway to buy water and then a second time at a blood bank along my route. I realized how much I think I’ll love running in the early morning when there aren’t so many cars out so I can run on the road instead of the painfully uneven sidewalks. (Maybe that equals less falling?) Overall my pace was under 12-minute miles, which is just fine by me for a long run. My goal for my first half is to come in at 2 hours, 30 minutes, which I think I can do. After my run, I knew I had enough energy to keep going if I had the time, so now all I can think about is registering for a full soon. Money-wise I can’t swing it, so I’ll just have to daydream, but it’s on my To Do list! (Below is a shot of my HipS-sister full of Gu before my run.)