I am convinced that the month of January exists to test me mentally, physically and emotionally. There is one word to describe my mood this past week and it is a very sophisticated word that starts with a b and ends with an h. Not, it’s not “bitch” and it’s not “bush.” It’s BLAH.
Anyone else feel blah? Please tell me it’s not just me.
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Actually the run ended up being okay after all. I did 10 miles at my long run pace and the last 5 at marathon pace. When the wind got really obnoxious I kept telling myself it was making me stronger. Then I would tell myself to shut up, that’s just annoying. Then I would tell myself I know it’s annoying but it’s true. And, this is how I passed the time.
Post run, Heidi and I had a moment. Does anyone else’s dog like to lick the sweat off of them after a run? I think Heidi must have a sodium deficiency.
When you burn 1,318 calories, you need to start replenishing with a few eggs. Don’t worry. I am not a runny egg freak. This is pre-flip.
And, because I love you, here are some ways to beat the January blues:
- Watch “We’re the Millers” because you will laugh (the spider/nut scene is my favorite)
- Get outside and run even if the conditions suck. Something about fresh air makes you a better person.
- Stop thinking about yourself and how you feel. Focus on someone else who might need your help and/or attention.
- Paint a room. I just did our guest room. I liked seeing a result. It made me feel productive.
- Don’t isolate. Force yourself to ask a friend for coffee or a run.
- Plan a Spring Break vacation if you can afford it. If you can’t, I’m sorry. I’m not sure I can either.
- Let yourself hibernate a bit. It’s okay. Don’t judge yourself for being a bit more tired and a bit less motivated. Trust that when the warmer months roll around, you’ll bounce back. Bears do (fun fact: a bear’s normal resting heart rate is 55 bpm. During hibernation, it’s 10 bpm).
Do you ever get the blahs this time of year? What’s your solution?