Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Burn after running

Do you ever have little things add up until you're just absolutely livid?

I had that happen today. I'm not a patient person to begin with, and I'm anxious about a couple of upcoming events, and stuff at work just drove me fucking CRAZY!

Tip for the uninitiated: when I have to work on grants that need to go out before COB Thursday, and I say I'm sorry that I don't have time to meet with you, this DOES NOT mean you should stop by my desk and show me pictures of your fundraising quilts!!!!

I came home and cranked at Mr. Riot Kitty because everything wasn't in tip top clean shape, and realized I needed to go for a run. I had THAT MUCH energy to burn off...

I know running isn't for everyone. For a brief period in college, my brother decided to get up at 8 a.m. instead of noon, and run.

"But didn't it feel great?" I remember asking.


So this lasted for about a week.

Before I moved to the Northwest, I used to go running all the time. Living in California with a climate that was dry most of the year made it easy...so did living 20 minutes from the beach.

I forgot how much I hate running on cement, even if it is around a lake. My ankles have been telling me to go fuck myself ever since I ran the first step.

But it felt GREAT! I've never had runner's high, but runner's relaxation is impossible to equal. I came back calm and happy.

Next time I'll opt for a rubberized track, though.

What do you do to relax?


Shionge said...

Hiya RK :) Greetings from Singapore and just swing by from Coby's blog.

I'm with you about running, it is like a love hate relationship but after each run I FEEL GOOD!! I felt rejuvenated and therapeutic to say the least.

Darth Weasel said...

it is so hard on the joints. on the bright side, Portland has some great running trails...you can take the trail from down by Omsi and run out away from downtown on asphalt which is much softer on the knees, hips, etc. conversely, you can get a bike...much less impact, same great cardio.

Scarlet said...

I'm not a runner, but my friends that run are addicted to it. I prefer bike riding and lifting weights. I love it when my muscles ache after a good workout!

Shionge said...

Hiya RK, can I have your email address please?

vivavavoom said...

omigod...I am still trying to figure that one out!! exercise should be the answer..it isn't. I should take up yoga..haven't. I should do a lot of things. right now I am just trying to remember to breath, not completely go off on the first ProPalin person who tries to engage in a pseudo factual conversation with me and just do my job and be present. so when I figure out the relaxing question, I will get back to you. My husband wishes it was sex...that's for sure...with him of course.

Riot Kitty said...

Hey everybody - biking is great, I'm sure, but I biked to school so many times I just never wanted to do it again :)

Shionge - it's ml_madison at yahoo dot com


Green tea said...

I would be so happy if I could just run around the block.. LOL