Anxiety is Weird

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….


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).

My & Lyn's frozen little eye-balls

Our frozen little eye-balls!

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!)


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