I came home from work Monday and told my husband I was "this close" to a nervous breakdown.
Life 1, Wendy 0.
How do non-runners deal with stress?
I'm pretty sure I have some ideas about that. All of them tempting. None of them healthy.
I've been dealing with this latest flare of PF by taking time off the road. This latest break has lasted 3 weeks. I did run that 10k a few weeks ago, but other than that, I've behaved myself.
Normally when I take time off from running for injury, I'm ok. But this go round? I'm struggling. Probably because this injury has lasted so long. On Monday, I hit critical mass.
I had a horrible day at work. After work, I drank more wine than I should have. Ok, it wasn't all my fault. The waitress kept refilling my glass. Not that I was saying no...
But in my wine-induced fog, I made a decision.
Damn you, PF. I would put on my shoes and run in the morning.
I didn't set my alarm, but I woke up at 5:45. I would not go to the pool to run. I would stick to my resolve and run for real. This was all about therapy. A mental image of Green Speedo helped me stay strong.
I decided to run 3 miles. Maybe 4 if I felt ok. I promised myself to go slow. And bonus points--I would stop at the playground to do my upper body work.
I started out slow but the legs soon settled into my normal pattern. I checked my watch and I was running at a nice easy pace. I felt good. A tiny bit of heel pain but nothing more than that. I stopped twice to swing like a monkey from the bar at the playground. And then I came home.
4 miles. 8:55/mile. Best of all, I felt like myself again. All day. On my game. Kickin' ass and taking names.
Today's Wednesday Word is pragmatic. And I think this run completely fits.
I knew what I needed to do.
Do you ever buck advice and just do what you know is the best thing to do?
I'm linking up with DebRuns for Wednesday Word which is pragmatic. I didn't think I'd have a post for today. Life is funny like that...
Also with Wild Workout Wednesday! Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle host the best linkup around!