Friday, March 7, 2014

Running off emotions

In case you haven't caught on (based on my posts), I've had a pretty emotional week.  There are lots of reasons for that.  I won't go into details (I know, that's frowned upon in the blog world, but ... I just can't), but it's enough to say I got my heart broken a little.  I don't really know if it's in pieces, but it's definitely bruised.

All day yesterday, I was fighting tears.  They won a few times, but I managed to keep their victories to a minimum. After work, I was really tempted to just drive home and lay on the couch with a cat and a glass of wine.  But something made me turn the other direction ... toward the gym.

Now, Thursdays are usually BodyPump nights, but I really didn't think I had that in me.  I needed something to really clear my mind and wear me out.  I needed to run.

I changed my clothes before I could change my mind, grabbed my phone, and headed for the cardio room. My gym was changing out most of the TVs, so I instantly discovered I wouldn't have HGTV or Bravo to escape.  I turned on IHeartRadio and chose the "Perfect for" section.  There was a "running" cube, and then I had a few more options.  I chose "today's hits" and just started going.  I walked a quarter mile, then turned the speed up to a comfortable pace.  I really didn't care how fast I went, I just wanted to run.

Every time my mind started wandering or I got a little sad, I turned up the speed and the volume on my phone.  I let the treadmill, accompanied by a little Miley, Demi, Paramore, OneRepublic, Pharrell, and Macklemore, help me exhaust my mind and my body.

And it worked.

By the time I left the gym, I felt so much more relaxed and calm.  I won't say happy because I'm still a little ways from that emotion.  But at least I wasn't beating myself up or fighting tears anymore.  I'm calling that a win.  And so was my workout.

By the way, while I was running, I was really hoping this song would come on, and it did.

Well-played, Universe.  It's just what I needed.


Last week's workouts
Friday: Off.
Saturday: Treadmill (10 mins.) + BodyAttack (60 mins.)
Sunday: Off.
Monday: Kickboxing (45 mins.) + 1.25 miles on the treadmill  (15 mins.)
Tuesday: BodyPump (60 mins.) + Zumba (30 mins.)
Wednesday: Off.
Thursday: Three-mile run on the treadmill (31 mins.) + half-mile walk (10 mins.)

BodyAttack was a killer workout. The only way I can describe it is that it's basically a boot camp class. Lots of cardio with some strength and core mixed in.  All set to music (the Les Mills way).  I really liked it though.

I love that my gym offers such a variety of classes so I can try new things.  Up next -- Aqua Zumba!


  1. You're doing awesome with your workouts!

    I referenced Forrest Gump too today! Love that movie!

  2. So proud of you! Channelling your frustrations in a positive way is such a healthy thing to do.
    As far as the disappointment is concerned, it is a bump in the road that will lead you to the right path. Believe it!

  3. I'm not really sure what's going on, but I hope you feel better soon. And regarding your post from before, I think a series of postponements or cancellations from the same person means that you're an option and not a priority. And that's something you have to decide

  4. I'm glad you're channeling your energy in a positive way…but I'm sorry you had a bad week :/

  5. Running always makes me feel better. Maybe not 100%, but it wipes away most of the bad stuff and I feel rejuvenated :)

    On another note, I'm sorry you've been heart broken and not doing well. I guess I missed a post on that....but if you need to chat, I'm here!!

  6. I LOVE I Heart Radio for that very reason. Those perfect for stations really ARE perfect.


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