Almost everyone knows exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people… are also less anxious.
After this rough winter I could feel myself becoming more anxious than I had been in a long time. I was letting people and situations, that had never bothered me before, bother me. This wasn’t me and I didn’t want it to be me. I decided to take a look around my life and find ways to prevent this. I started removing anything (or anyone!) who was causing me unnecessary anxiety, building more positive relationships, and I started getting back into running.
Thank GOODNESS I did. It is truly amazing how much better I feel mentally and physically when I am running regularly!
And speaking of running regularly….
RACE SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle was last Sunday, which usually signifies the beginning of race season in Chicago. I hadn’t been training as vigorously as I had the previous year, so I knew a PR wasn’t going to be set, but I headed out anyway ready to crush the race. After meeting up with my friend & co-worker, Lyn, we shivered and shivered until the start of the race and also came up with a plan of attack for after the race (read: what were we going to do about food).
While it wasn’t too cold, I definitely wish I had another layer. The wind made the run difficult, but I finished in 45:05, which was only 21 seconds slower than my time from last year! This was only my 6th run so far this year (eek!) so… high-fiving a million angels I was able to do pretty well.
My right knee, however, is still pretty mad at me. Can’t blame her though… I haven’t been the best knee-mom, so last week & this week are dedicated to putting me back in her good graces.
Do you have any races coming up?
Are you a better knee-parent than me? (very important question!)