After a really terrible week last week, this weekend proved to be exactly what I needed. I started a new position at my job at the beginning of the year. While I'd basically been transitioning into it for some time, it wasn't official until January 1. With it, comes new responsibilities and challenges and it ended up being a little overwhelming last week. Being a creature of habit, all the changes felt like a lot. On top of that, I'm still having issues trying to run on the treadmill even though I really want it to work for my weekday runs. With everything going on, I didn't quite feel like myself and was in the state where I felt like I was walking around in a fog. I've also got a typical case of the winter blues.
Saturday morning, while I didn't want to get out of bed, I forced myself up and out the door for a four mile run. It wasn't fun because I just wasn't in the mood. Of course, it was also 7 degrees out, but I don't think the cold temperature actually had much to do with it. All I felt like doing was laying around on the couch. I was scheduled to take some dogs from the animal shelter to PetSmart for the whole afternoon and so didn't want to go. But, luckily, all changed as soon as I got there. I picked up one of the dogs and drove over to the store. We had a beagle (of course I had a fondness for her) and a beautiful husky. Both dogs were awesome and did great at the store! I anticipate both will be adopted soon. After taking the dogs back, I headed back to the store to take care of the cats. The people at the store were like, "You're back again?". Yep, back again. I was so glad I got out of my funk! I finally felt like I was back to myself.
Sunday morning, I was up, ready to go for a 12 mile long run. It was even a balmy 20 degrees when I returned - not sure what it was when I left. The run was awesome, just the way I like them. I got lost in my thoughts and as is very typical for me, I hit my total happy place eight miles into the run. Everything seemed to go smoothly, the right songs were playing in my ears and there were no incidents to report.