I’m getting a little early start to Juneathon, practicing blogging everyday.
I’ve been feeling a little down lately. Things just haven’t been going well. Yesterday it was my watch breaking and the weather (literally) raining on my parade at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. Today I was expecting to get paid and it wasn’t deposited into my bank account. Then when I did get my check, it was only for one week of pay, instead of the two I thought it was going to be. Still getting used to the new job. I got moved around to different projects at work today and it was frustrating. To say that I was looking forward to my run would have been an understatement.
Usually, when I run, I don’t really think about anything exciting. Trying to catch the person in front of me, staying in the shade, checking my pace, enjoying the scenery. Today, however, my run was all about taking out my anger. My anger at my job, my money situation, personal things. Those were all up for grabs. And since my run was a pace run, I pounded those 5 miles out FIERCE!
Since this was a pace run, I wanted to run fast, but conservatively so I could finish strong too. I also wanted to see how fast I could run these 5 miles, so I would have a good idea of a time for my 10k on June 9th.
The weather was PERFECT today. It wasn’t incredibly hot like the past few days (thank goodness) and there was a decent breeze. The trail wasn’t busy as it has been either.
And I remembered my iPod today! 100% better. It added to my anger running.
I do most of my runs on the Fox River Trail where I do an out and back. Today was 2.5 miles and then I turned around and ran 2.5 miles back. It’s mostly flat, with a few hilly areas. There is a lot of shade and it’s paved. Very runner, biker, rollerblader friendly.
Here are my miles:
Mile 1: 8:59- slow to start
Mile 2: 8:46- feeling strong
Mile 3: 9:06- part of the turnaround. Trying to get back speed
Mile 4: 8:57- almost done
Mile 5: 8:37- pretty sure I said in my head “I’m making this mile my b!#&h.” And I did.
I couldn’t be happier with my times. The whole run I felt amazing. When my 5 miles were done, I just wanted to keep going. Pretty sure I’m ready for the 10k.
I felt so much better about everything when I was done running. Sure, work still isn’t great and my money is still a problem, but for an 45 glorious minutes, I was able to get away from them and get absorbed in my run (and let out some pent up anger).
Does running help you get rid of anger?