Thursday, October 3, 2013

Because Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy

I have had a really stressful week. There have been a million things going on at school, the management company at my apartment building is driving me crazy, and I haven't had time to do anything I need to do all week like pick up more almond milk. Before I started my weight loss journey, I would have used this as an excuse to stress eat like a beast and ugly cry. Today, I did something more constructive: I ran.

I'm trying to get a little faster before my next race so I've been doing my running intervals at 5.5 or higher on the treadmill. I know that sounds slow to all the speedy folks out there, but to me it is in that comfortably hard sweet spot. I'm hoping that by my next race, I can build up to doing my running intervals at 6.0 mph and my walking intervals at 3.3 mph or faster. So far, so good. 

I realized after I got back to my apartment that I would have beaten my last 5k time if I had kept going to 3.1 miles, but it was late and I was ready to be done. Besides, towards the end of my run some girl came into the fitness center and got on the elliptical right beside me even though the other elliptical was completely free. I heard about a psychology study once that showed that people from the country need more personal space than people from cities, and I think my country roots were showing tonight because I felt crowded and uncomfortable. It would be one thing if the gym was full and that was the only elliptical available, but if all the cardio equipment is free there is no shame in spreading out around the room a little, you know?

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