I think I am adjusting to life post-race. Yesterday afternoon I started feeling a little bit lighter. I went out for dinner with a friend last night, and that was nice. Unfortunately though, I am eating like the last days of Rome.
The only work out I have had since Sunday has been a 2 mile walk on Wednesday morning. I am sure that is greatly affecting my mood. I brought my gym bag to work today and I will go swimming on my way home. This weekend I should have one or two runs, one or two bike rides, and one or two swims. I think I will be back on my feet in no time.
My new friend Lana (remember the kind person from the running club who came back and ran slowly with me after everyone else left?) was talking about how running actually is therapy... it is similar to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That the movement of running actually changes our brains.... OK, I know I sound a little wacky, but I believe it.
I started running (again) in 2003 after breaking up with the man I thought I was going to marry. I was devastated. I felt that if I didn't do something drastic, I would be very miserable. So I started running. I could only run for 5 minutes - downhill! But after a week or two, I tried 10 minutes. Then after a while of that, I knew I could run a mile, so I tried that! Within 4 months, I was running 1.5 miles and very happy about it. A year after the breakup, I had completed my first sprint distance triathlon. I really feel that running changed my life.
Last summer I completed my third triathlon, and my twin daughters did it with me! That was so so so cool. They both intend to the the Tri for the Cure with me in August. My son may be home by then too! I have a lot to look forward to!
Thanks for reading this post - it is probably a little bit "out there", but then, so am I!