As anyone who knows me knows and anyone whose read any of my satirical posts on the election knows I’m a bit of a political junkie. But I have to say, without going into detail (if you really want to know my political opinions, feel free to email me), that this election rocked my world. I never expected to feel so thrown off balance by a result as I was this time and it affected me. I felt exhausted, stressed, scared, heavy, uncomfortable, angry, distracted and weirdly running was no solace. In fact, I just didn’t feel like doing it. I tried to do a tempo run on Wednesday and after stopping and starting for two miles, I just ran to my car. Forget it. Maybe it was the four hours of sleep. I don’t know.
As the week wore on, my running motivation improved and now I’m feeling more like my old self, more hopeful, more motivated to do good work than ever. Maybe it will help you, but besides “don’t be a dick”, here’s my other motto:
Build a bridge.
Whatever I say, whatever I do, will it build a bridge or will it burn the bridge down? I want to empower people and help people and inspire people and that feels more important today than it ever has before. I have faith in goodness still.
Week ending 11.6.16
M: Off – son sick and home from school.
T: 11 with 2 x 2 mile tempo: 7:05, 6:53; 6:47, 6:47. Happy with it!
W: 8 miles on trails
Th: 6 miles back and forth in front of my house. All I had time for.
F: My daughter needed a mommy/daughter day so I skipped the run to go to the park with her.
Sa: 11 miles with 10 x 2:00/1:00 fartlek in the middle
Su: 7 miles easy
Week ending 11.13.16
M: 8 miles
T: 5 miles (kids off school and ran at the Y during swim class)
W: 5 miles (failed tempo attempt)
Th: 5 miles with the stroller. It was nice out and I needed to catch falling leaves and talk about silly stuff with my daughter.
F: We had furniture delivered (had to frantically clean and be there for it) and I just didn’t feel like running anyway.
Sa: 10 miles with good company. Felt great and enjoyed it.
Su: Late night at family wedding and needed a day off of life.