I have been cranky and I have been frustrated at work, and the effects of that have been spilling over into my diet and exercise habits. Work crowds out exercise, leading to frustration, which leads to eating. I think I mentioned that my boss (the good one) keeps a bottomless bowl of peanut M&Ms on his desk. There are days when my frustration is so high I simply can't resist them, especially if meetings run long, and I haven't had time for lunch or a midmorning cup of coffee. I honestly don't know how long this situation will continue.
I had a bad running week too. Last Saturday I had to slow down to a walk several times, and had trouble with motivation. Tuesday I had to cut my run short, and Thursday I missed my run and never made it up. Besides that, I am also one of slowest people in my running group, which is hardly surprising considering that I am one of the older and heavier people in the group. I was beginning to wonder if I could keep going. Then yesterday, I went 2.5 miles, just like that. No stopping, no slowing down, just keeping to my own pace.
Rationally, I know that I have come a long way in the last few months, but emotionally, it sometimes feels like it's taking too long. Then, just when you feel you have started moving consistently in the wrong direction, you surprise yourself by doing more than you thought possible. I was expecting steady, linear progress, but in running, I just haven't found that to be the case.
I also had an unexpectedly good ride on my bike today. It was a bit hot, but on a bike, you always feel a breeze. A friend and I got back on the by-now familiar W&OD trail. We rode it all the way to the western trailhead at Purcellville, Virginia: a 42-mile roundtrip through some lovely countryside, and up and down mountains. That was 12 miles more than our last trip. I took the picture featured in this blog this afternoon. Tomorrow I'll probably be sore, but at least I don't have to go to work.
Thanks for believing in me, and for all your encouragement.