Running Break

I was tired.

 

After going 5 days without a work out, eating only toast and a small yogurt within the course of a day, even small problems were bringing me near the brink of desperation. It took some outside perspective to bring my focus back in place, and I started to reflect: why am I feeling this way?

 

Nike women's marathon map

Map of the Nike Women’s Marathon, held in San Francisco, October 2012.

It’s funny that for someone who might seem to be in touch with her body – I’ve worked with a personal trainer, run a few half marathons, and have maintained a mostly healthy diet (although a ravenous sweet tooth sometimes gets the best of me). Yet, I still forget how much food can affect my mood.

 

I had gotten upset over a small work hurdle. I was planning a major client event, and we were having trouble finding a place where we could park the food truck. How could we make this work? My mood turned dark and I got into that (not-so-helpful) place where I wanted to complain forever.

“How about you take a break from this situation?” my boyfriend suggested.

Taking a minute to drink some water, and reflect: what is wrong with this situation?

  • I haven’t worked out in 5 days
  • I hadn’t eaten a real lunch
  • I was dehydrated

 

I took a small break, closed my Outlook inbox, and started to do some of the more relaxed web surfing. In my mind, I knew I had to make this commitment to myself: go to the gym.

 

Half of an hour later, I was at the gym, running on the treadmill, and I could feel my mood lifting. It was as if all I needed was a burst of endorphins and a break from staring at the softly glowing monitor. I felt that I could glide and my mind starting to wander, while a smile crept over my face as I heard the loud squeaks of my tennis shoes on the machine’s tread.

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