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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Breaking Point

There are times when things come together. There are times when they do not.

Today is one of those other days.

As the mountain of responsibilities for my next couple weeks continues to grow, I have done my best to keep on top of it. In fact, I've done pretty much everything everyone has asked me to do in the last few weeks, and while there are still more things coming up, we felt we had a grip. Then we found out that other people weren't doing their jobs, and now I'm in a very angry place.

The healing power of a nice, hard run can only take you so far when you've got to deal with people who don't do their part. I slept in too late this morning, as usual, so I still had this run on tap when we got the frustrating news, and I decided to take out my frustrations on the treadmill. Since (hopefully) we'll be out of this apartment complex soon (and therefore lacking of a treadmill), I figured it might be nice to take one more shot at the machine. Also, it was over 90 degrees out and I'm pretty much done with this heat.

I started at a speed of 8.1 and increased a tenth every quarter mile. I drove my legs and wiped the sweat and thought about nothing but the next quarter mile. It was a serene half hour in a day of unmitigated frustration, and it was nice to have that escape. I see now why many people prefer to work out after work rather than before it, but in this climate, that's just unreasonable, at least when you like to run outside like I do. For today, however, in the semi-cool of the gym, it was the adrenaline boost and output of energy that I needed.

Now, though, I'm right back to my frustrated low. Half of me wants to go and run again, just to make a point, but I've got enough going on through the rest of the afternoon that I don't need to add anything else. I keep hoping that life is going to calm down after the next big thing ends, but if the big things keep dragging on, how do I know when they're done? Well, I don't. So all I can do is get up and start again tomorrow.

And a run is always a good place to start.

Tuesday's Run:
Indoors / Treadmill
5.0 Miles
33 Minutes, 36 Seconds

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