Late last week, I got sick with a head cold. I can’t even tell you the last time I’ve been sick. It’s been a while. I attribute my healthy diet, running and managing stress to this immunity I’ve had. I guess that even the most healthy of us can’t fight off all of the yucky viruses floating around, though.
I didn’t run last Thursday or Friday. I couldn’t stand being inactive, so I went ahead and did a 6-mile run on Saturday, even though I still wasn’t feel well. On Sunday, I was feeling horrible. Coughing, stuffy and runny nose; just feeling run down. I didn’t feel well enough on Monday or Tuesday, either, to run, but by yesterday, I was finally feeling well enough to attempt a 3-mile run. It wasn’t pretty; it was a bit hard to breathe and my chest felt like it was on fire, but I got it done. It felt really good to be active and sweating!
Today I’m feeling almost back to my old healthy self. I plan on running tonight and then I’ll rest up tomorrow because on Saturday I signed up to do a virtual half-marathon. I have no idea how that’s going to go, but I’m going to give it my best shot. The longest run I’ve had so far this winter has been 8 miles. It will have to be on the treadmill because we got about 4 inches of snow yesterday and we’re supposed to get more this weekend and I’m not the type of runner who will run outside in anything. I don’t want to take a chance of slipping, falling, and injuring myself. It’s just not worth it to me, so I will endure the treadmill boredom.
I’ve also had a hard time managing stress lately. I think it’s mainly the weather. It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter and not being outside in the warm air and sunshine is taking its toll, I think.
Professionally, things are not where I expected them to be. A few months ago, I was approached about new job responsibilities, with a promise of a promotion to go along with it, and thus far, I’ve inherited the new job responsibilities, but no promotion. It’s frustrating and while I know that I need to just breathe and have faith in the process, it’s tough. I’ve worked hard my entire life and I thought that things were finally paying off for me; that I was on the right track for a new, exciting career path, but things are not working out that way. I can’t help but feel disillusioned and disappointed.
But I know that these feelings I have right now are temporary. Things will work out the way they are supposed to. I will continue to work hard, learn, and grow, both with my running and with my career. I am a warrior and I do not give up. I fall, but I get back up!
However, some positive thoughts, love, and karma sent my way would be greatly appreciated!