Stress Reliever Run – Much Needed – 1/9/12

Today was one of those really freaking stressful days, you get up extra early, drive a couple of hours, and then wait for my Dad to go through a cardiac procedure (which took about 2 hours), worry about how he would do and what the results would be.

This was just one of those stressful days!

Thankfully Dad made it through the procedure, had 3 stents put in and was feeling the best he has felt in over 2 years (according to him) when I left.

Even though everything turned out excellent and a LOT better than I had hoped for, I still had a huge stress build-up and really needed to burn it off.

Have you ever just needed to burn off the stress after a particularly difficult time in your life. How did you do it?

Personally, my stress reliever is running. I go out and beat the hell out of myself either going way to fast or way too far.

Today, I decided that I need the time and distance and knew the perfect place to go.

I had run City Forest Trails last Friday and today, I was going to run until I felt really tired or two laps whichever came first! Each lap is around 4.0 miles +/-, gonna find out the correct distance later – my GPS crapped out on me.

So I ran my normal pace, which is around 9:00 minute miles or less most of the time. The footing was great and I just ran, I added a few fartleks in places and I burned off the stress and anxiety that had been building over my Dad’s heart attack.

It felt good to move and not let my mind wander. Even though it is a pretty level trail definitely non-technical, I still had to maintain my focus on what was ahead instead letting it wander too much. There is a just a enough rocks, ice, loose gravel, twists/curves, and tree debris to keep you on your toes.

This is definitely what I needed after being in the hospital all morning!

It cleared my head and gave me my longest run, since I injured my knee training for the Marathon in 2006. My right hip let me know it wasn’t quite ready for this distance, but didn’t complain too much and surprisingly, my knee didn’t bother at all!!!!

The last mile I was able to pick it up considerably, I was even able to push myself fairly hard and still felt really strong at the end.  I felt like I had another lap in me, but decided that this was good enough for today, since it was a couple of miles farther than I have run in a while.

It really feels great to show yourself that you are making progress on your running program, when once in a while you just need a long run and you can do it!!!!

Think back for a minute to a time where you tried to wear yourself out after a stressful day, did your tough run or workout help clear your head?

Quality of Run: Great stress reliever
Time of Run: 12:30 P.M.
Temp: 28
Weather: Mostly sunny
Clothes: Could have used one more layer on top, otherwise dress perfectly.

Oh Yeah this was Janathon Day 9

Are You a Creature of Habit?

We are such creatures of habit.

Do you have a certain daily routine that you follow and when you are not able to follow it, you feel stressed out because of it.

I am very lucky my daily routine has evolved into a pretty consistent and comfortable one, where I go at my pace, while continuing to get a lot done.

This morning I had to get up at 5:30 A.M. to make sure that I got to the hospital for my Dad’s procedure. So everything felt rushed and hurried, until around 9:00 when I was able to sit down in the cafe, while Dad was in the operating room.

What is my daily routine?

Wake up between 7:00 and 7:30 A.M., talk about what has to be accomplished during the day and then I get up and do my morning weigh-in (something I find that I need to do as a part of my personal accountability).

After that I take Bennie for his first walk of the Day, about a mile. Actually I look forward to this walk, it gives me a chance to clear the cobwebs, see what the weather is outside and have a little time to myself.

When we get back, I prepare breakfast – it is something I can cook :-). Since I retired I think there have only been 3 days that I haven’t had this meal.

  • 1/4 cup Oatmeal
  • 1tsp of Cinnamon & Ginger
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbs Honey
  • a Banana
  • black coffee.

See I told you it was an easy meal to prepare – one that I can handle.  Yes I am boring, but this is something that I like and haven’t gotten tired of it yet.

I sit talk with TheWife, check email, look at Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc., comment on blogs I have read and begin writing the first blog post of the day. Sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 we decide who is going on Bennie’s long walk and do morning chores. Bennie’s long walk usually is around 3 miles. If I don’t go on the walk, I continue working on the blog post and then go for my run. If go on the walk I run after lunch.

Lunch is usually right around noon and consists of a salad and leftovers from whatever we had the night before with a cup of green tea. Yes I help with the prep work, especially when the garden is going and we have fresh from the garden salads.

After lunch is when we usually do chores or work that is needed around the house. If everything is caught up I do my RunLog blog post, check my social media sites. Do a run around 2:00 if I didn’t in the morning.

Somewhere around 4:30 we clean-up and get ready for supper. TheWife usually cooks and I try to stay out-of-the-way. Depending upon the time we finish, I either help with cleanup or do Bennie’s last 1/2 mile walk.

The rest of the evening, I am working on the blog, doing something with social media, reading and relaxing.

Usually we are in bed between 10:00 and 11:00.

This is a very flexible and low-key schedule with a bit of free time to relax a little, that has developed over the last six months. I have grown comfortable and accustomed to it and when I have to change it, I feel a little out of sorts.

The reality is that

I know that I am very lucky that my retirement allows me to have this level of flexibility, but how about you – do you have a daily schedule that you generally keep and when you have to change it, does it throw you out of sorts?

Do you just go with the flow of the day if your regular schedule changes or do you get all frazzled and stressed, especially if you can’t fit your run in.

Yes I packed my running stuff and after I leave the hospital today I plan to go for a run. How far will depend on how stressed I am when I leave. I am hoping it will only be the scheduled 4.0, but after being in a hospital most of the day, you never know, I might need more.