Running and I are not on good terms yet. I'm beginning to feel slightly less exhausted but my legs are still dead. I've cut out the canine speedwork (so sad!) this week and have continued to take it really easy only running a very minimal number of miles. Definitely not where I expected to be a week out from a marathon which is to be a long run for a 50 miler that is only 6.5 weeks ago. But, the good news is I think I am successfully avoiding what was the beginning of an injury and hope it goes up from here regarding my exhaustion level.
I'm not one who deals well with a lot of stress, so a bunch of work-related stress that continues to build each day, trying to figure out how to squeeze in running, keeping the shelter dog running program building, keeping up with side-project deadlines and regular life seems to be catching up. Yesterday, I felt kind of like myself again and I haven't even broken out into a random crying episode today so things are starting to take a turn for the better! :)
See this picture?
It's one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken and I am now one of those annoying people that asks you to go vote for it (vote here, it's #54) if you wish to donate to a small, deserving organization. $1 = 1 vote. The good thing about asking random people online to vote for something is it is very easy for everyone to just skip over it if not interested.
I also entered another photo to try to win dog food for a year. I won't beg for votes on that one though since it's one of those annoying Facebook contests.
I could never be a huge fundraiser. I hate asking people for money, no matter what it is for. I also hate it when other people ask me for money because 90% of the time I don't want to donate to whatever they are trying to support. But, I'll save my non-profit rant for another day.
This weekend when I was sulking and couldn't run, I went and bought new running shoes. Makes sense, no? Then, I spent a bunch of time online seeing all these status updates from people participating in Megatransect. Previously, I had no desire to do it again, but man, nothing like not being feeling 100% and reliving memories from a very exciting adventure last year to make you want to get out there and tackle a challenge. I was anxiously awaiting Shelly's recap and loved reading it yesterday. It was a great recap, as expected.
Speaking of reading things yesterday, 3 different blogs I read (not exercising much and being stressed makes me look for mindless activities which equals more wasting time online, can you tell?), mentioned the whole Kip Litton thing. I hadn't heard anything about it but what a fascinating article to read!
Any other interesting things I should read? I'm anticipating my next stage of this funk is to start hitting the junk food and desserts more so than usual which could lead to bad things, so maybe some interesting things to read will help!